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Sociology of Aging and Death“It Could Happen to Me”: Victimization and Aging

Sociology of Aging and Death: “It Could Happen to Me”: Victimization and Aging [The purpose of this chapter is to explore the relationship between later life, victimization, and crime. It is by deconstructing the perception of the older victim, that research has shown that the perception of the level of vulnerability and fear of crime is inversely disproportionate to being a victim of crime. This chapter will provide a picaresque overview of historical and contemporary understanding of victimology to examine how characteristics of victims are believed to “contribute” to victimization. Thus, the nearer an individual fits the “ideal” stereotype, the more attention they are likely to receive. However, it is also clear that while there are differences in attention received at both individual and structural levels, there are also differences in both criminological and societal attention given to the experiences of older people. This chapter will show that the subjective awareness of vulnerability for older people can induce levels of fear which are disproportionate to the actuality of being a victim of crime and any subsequent deaths.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

Sociology of Aging and Death“It Could Happen to Me”: Victimization and Aging

Part of the International Perspectives on Aging Book Series (volume 35)
Sociology of Aging and Death — Nov 26, 2022

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
© The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022
ISBN
978-3-031-19328-6
Pages
75 –84
DOI
10.1007/978-3-031-19329-3_6
Publisher site
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Abstract

[The purpose of this chapter is to explore the relationship between later life, victimization, and crime. It is by deconstructing the perception of the older victim, that research has shown that the perception of the level of vulnerability and fear of crime is inversely disproportionate to being a victim of crime. This chapter will provide a picaresque overview of historical and contemporary understanding of victimology to examine how characteristics of victims are believed to “contribute” to victimization. Thus, the nearer an individual fits the “ideal” stereotype, the more attention they are likely to receive. However, it is also clear that while there are differences in attention received at both individual and structural levels, there are also differences in both criminological and societal attention given to the experiences of older people. This chapter will show that the subjective awareness of vulnerability for older people can induce levels of fear which are disproportionate to the actuality of being a victim of crime and any subsequent deaths.]

Published: Nov 26, 2022

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