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Visible Counterterrorism Measures in Urban Spaces: Fear-Inducing or Not?

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Many scholars working within the tradition of critical studies are sceptical of the
presence of visible security measures in urban spaces, arguing that they cause fear and facilitate the political control of citizens. A study carried out in Denmark in 2011 sought to capture, describe, and rank factors impacting positively or negatively on the feelings of safety of Danish citizens, when being in a crowded place. Surprisingly, the response to security measures like fences, cameras, and uniformed guards was positive. More visible security apparently reinforced feelings of safety. This article discusses the findings and points to, amongst others, a high level of societal trust as one possible explanation.
Original languageEnglish
JournalTerrorism and Political Violence
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 19 Aug 2014
Externally publishedYes
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