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Social Psychology and Society

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 2221-1527

ISSN (online): 2311-7052

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17759/sps

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The city as a factory of fear and risk: children's judgments about the urban space

Radina N.K., Doctor in Political Science, PhD in Psychology, professor at the Department of Social Sciences, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia, rasv@yandex.ru
Abstract
The presented study is a continuation of the study of the perception of urban spaces in children who are labeled as scary or dangerous. Research based on the theory of frames Goffman. Used the concept of heterotopia Foucault. The study compares the results of the identification of the terrible places in the city by children and adults. The study identifies the key trends of children's perception of dangerous and scary urban spaces. The key method of qualitative research is unstructured interviews (85 interviews about the scary parts of the city from the citizens from 7 to 11 years, namely from 41 boys and 44 girls, mostly younger students). The presented study shows that younger students and young adolescents compared to adult citizens have the basic social competence in the identification of dangerous and scary places in the city. Interpretive matrix of children for determining the "worst places" formed irrational and non-reflexive. The most significant differences between adults and children of city in the way they describe the Stranger in the city (which is assessed as dangerous Stranger).

Keywords: city, fear, risk, heterotopia, junior high school students

Column: Empirical Research

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17759/sps.2017080209

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