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Title:Race, Crime and Social Exclusion: A Qualitative Study of White Women's Fear of Crime in Johannesburg
Author:Allen, Danielle Burger
Periodical:Urban Forum
Geographic term:South Africa
white women
Ethnic and Race Relations
Law, Legal Issues, and Human Rights
Cultural Roles
External link:https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12132-002-0008-z
Abstract:This paper looks at the attitudes, beliefs and perceptions of white women regarding race and crime in Johannesburg, South Africa's 'crime capital'. Race is a way in which boundaries can be drawn between those who belong to a particular collectivity and those who do not. When the special construct of 'race' becomes imbued with negative valuation, it is converted into 'racism'. People not only distance themselves socially from 'others' to protect their sense of 'self', but also strive to separate themselves physically from those whom they perceive as threatening. This results in 'landscapes of exclusion', such as 'residential enclaves'. Fifteen white women were interviewed on these issues in Johannesburg. The discourse of race in the women's discourses of the 'other' indicates a tendency to equate black people with criminality. This is both a consequence of, and a contributing factor to, the women's fear of black people. From the interviews one can infer that the women do hold prejudices against black people which influences how they view racial issues, even if they do not want to admit to it. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]