Quality & Quantity

, Volume 53, Issue 3, pp 1165–1186 | Cite as

Bordered communities: the perception of insecurity in five European cities

  • Sonia StefanizziEmail author
  • Valeria Verdolini


The article explores the results of a recent European empirical study within the project Margin: tackling insecurity in marginalized areas, funded with the Horizon 2020 Programme, on the perception of insecurity in five European cities (Barcelona, Budapest, London, Milan, and Paris). The results of the fieldwork (ethnographic observation, focus groups and interviews) in the five cities show how social cohesion and socio-economic inequalities are the main factors in the production of the feeling of insecurity in the urban space. According to these major results, metropolitan neighborhoods reveal new and growing invisible borders, segregate vulnerable groups and create gated communities in wider contexts.


Urban insecurity Security and safety Urban segregation Vulnerable groups 


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  1. 1.Università degli Studi di Milano-BicoccaMilanoItalia

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