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Geographies of Geborgenheit : Beyond feelings of safety and the fear of crime

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Hutta, Jan Simon:
Geographies of Geborgenheit : Beyond feelings of safety and the fear of crime.
In: Environment & Planning D : Society and Space. Vol. 27 (2009) Issue 2 . - pp. 251-273.
ISSN 1472-3433
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1068/d3308

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This paper critically engages with the concepts of ‘feelings of safety’ and ‘fear of crime’ as they have been deployed in recent politics of community safety. While the first part of the paper discusses the staging of what is referred to as a dispositif of safety, which discursively frames subjective–spatial relations in powerful ways, the second part moves towards an understanding of lived experiences of spaces and places that unfold within, but also beyond, the dispositif of safety. For this purpose, the German concept of Geborgenheit is introduced. For a theoretical elaboration of this concept, Walter Benjamin's work around experience and temporality is referred to and articulated with Deleuzian theory. An analysis of Geborgenheit, it is argued, displaces hegemonic notions of ‘safety’ by addressing the dynamics that enable subjects to open up to and nest within a place. The paper concludes with a discussion of vignettes from a qualitative study in Berlin in order to exemplify the constitution of geographies of Geborgenheit in the context of recent safety politics.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Chair Urban Geography
Faculties
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 100 Philosophy and psychology > 100 Philosophy
300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology and anthropology
300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2017 12:49
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2017 12:51
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/40677