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Crime and safety in rural areas: A systematic review of the English-language literature 1980-2020
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2050-8365
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5302-1698
2022 (English)In: Journal of Rural Studies, ISSN 0743-0167, E-ISSN 1873-1392, Vol. 94, p. 250-273Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores the nature and frequency of crimes and people's safety perceptions in rural areas using a systematic review of the literature. It explores four decades of English-language publications on crime and safety in rural areas from several major databases; mainly Scopus, JSTOR and ScienceDirect. The number of retrieved documents was 840, of which 410 were selected for in-depth analysis and their topics later categorized by theme. We found that rural crime research took off after the mid-1980s and experienced an increase during the 2010s. Despite the domination by North American, British and Australian scholarship, studies from other parts of the world (including the Global South) are increasingly being published as well. Publications on rural crime patterns (e.g., farm crime) compose over one-fifth of the reviewed literature. This together with rural policing/criminal justice and violence constitute the three largest themes in rural criminology research. With ever-increasing links between the local and the global, this review article advocates for tailored multilevel responses to rural crimes that, more than ever, are generated by processes far beyond their localities.

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Elsevier BV , 2022. Vol. 94, p. 250-273
Keywords [en]
Offenses, Countryside, Farms, Intersectionality, Rurality
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-316245DOI: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2022.05.010ISI: 000828060900005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85133720539OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-316245DiVA, id: diva2:1687059
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Available from: 2022-08-12 Created: 2022-08-12 Last updated: 2022-09-26Bibliographically approved

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