Terror Risk Perception and Fear of Terror in Turkey: Predictors, Bases and Consequences

Gun Cingi T., SUĞUR N.

TERRORISM AND POLITICAL VIOLENCE, vol.34, no.3, pp.514-536, 2022 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 34 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/09546553.2020.1711741
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, IBZ Online, International Bibliography of Social Sciences, Periodicals Index Online, American History and Life, Criminal Justice Abstracts, Historical Abstracts, Index Islamicus, Political Science Complete, Psycinfo, Sociological abstracts, Violence & Abuse Abstracts, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.514-536
  • Keywords: Terror risk perception, fear of terror, fear of crime theories, avoidance, Turkey, FOLLOW-UP, CRIME, VICTIMIZATION
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


This study was conducted in Ankara, Turkey, which has experienced a number of serious terrorist attacks in recent years. A mixed-methods research approach was used in this study and findings were based on 400 questionnaires and twenty in-depth interviews. This study tries to evaluate the risk perceptions of individuals, their fear of terror, and their associated reflections in daily life. It also attempts to determine the degree to which theories of fear of crime can explain risk perceptions and fear of terrorism. The results show that the perceived terror risk and the fear level are high. The Turkish case shows that theories of fear of crime fail to explain adequately the fear of terror.