Kriminalitätsfurcht. Ausdruck generalisierte Ängste und schwindender Gewissheiten. Untersuchungen zur empirischen Bewährung der Generalisierungsthese in einer österreichischen Kommune
Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie 58.2006:307-331
Keywords: fear of crime, crime and fear, generalization thesis, insecurity

##Fear of crime - expression of generalized anxieties and eroding certainties? An examination of the generalization thesis in an Austrian city
The study presented here is concerned with the empirical examination of the generalization thesis of the development of crime-related insecurities. According to the generalization thesis fear of crime is not a specific reaction of victimization risk but a projection of social and existential anxieties resulting from societal tranformation processes. Crime works as metaphor allowing people to articulate their broader anxieties. A survey in an Austrian city supports such a notion of the formation of crime-related fears. A structural equation model deduced from the generalization thesis can reproduce the data better than a competing disorder model.##