Buenos Aires. Socio-spatial fragmentation and fear of crime

Journal title TERRITORIO
Author/s Enrico Tommarchi
Publishing Year 2011 Issue 2011/57
Language English Pages 11 P. 20-30 File size 1553 KB
DOI 10.3280/TR2011-057003
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The purpose of the article is to outline the main features of urban fragmentation in Buenos Aires and to assess the actual relationship between this phenomenon and territorial crime structures. First, the city’s social map and the distribution of various groups are delineated, introducing the theme of fragmentation and describing the social morphology that derives from this process. Official figures are scarce or completely lacking, so the focus is on the key issues emerging from the few available studies, linking this social map to the ‘maps of insecurity’ produced by local authorities at urban and metropolitan level in their aim to prevent crime growth. This connection has made it possible to explore the relationship between spatial segregation and fear, targeting uncontrolled development of urban sprawl and providing a critical reading of socio-spatial patterns in Buenos Aires.

Keywords: Buenos Aires; fear of crime; fragmentation

Enrico Tommarchi, Buenos Aires. Socio-spatial fragmentation and fear of crime in "TERRITORIO" 57/2011, pp 20-30, DOI: 10.3280/TR2011-057003