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VYDÁVÁ SOCIOLOGICKÝ ÚSTAV AV ČR, v.v.i.

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Václav Walach:
The Sources of Insecurity in a Socially Excluded Locality [253]

Walach, Václav. 2018. „Zdroje nebezpečnosti v sociálně vyloučené lokalitě.“ Sociologický časopis / Czech Sociological Review 54 (2): 253-276, https://doi.org/10.13060/00380288.2018.54.2.401

The present study aims to contribute to the development of sociological research on insecurity in socially excluded localities in the Czech Republic. Inspiration for the conceptualisation of the subject of this study comes from the field of critical security studies and specifically the Copenhagen and Aberystwyth schools of security and feminism. Empirically, the study draws on the author’s long-term experience conducting fieldwork in socially excluded localities, mainly in the socially excluded locality Havířov-Šumbark. The study concludes that insecurity cannot be reduced to just the issue of crime or violence, as existing scholarship has done. An element of insecurity in socially excluded localities is also represented by territorial stigmatisation and structural victimisation, that is, fear of the consequences of symbolic pollution and declining living standards or low social status. Symbolic stigmatisation and structural victimisation have a constraining effect on how inhabitants of excluded localities live their everyday lives, albeit in different ways than street crime does.

Keywords: insecurity, socially excluded localities, physical violence, street crime, territorial stigmatisation, structural victimisation

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