16 March, 2015: Marie Rosenkrantz Lindegaard (Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement )

Title: Violent robberies in The Netherlands: Interactions between victims and offenders.
15:30-17:00h, Room 5.A41, Pieter de la Court building.

About Marie Rosenkrantz Lindegaard

Dr. Marie Lindegaard is an anthropologist and researcher at the NWO-funded institute ‘The Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement’ in Amsterdam. She did her Master degree at the University of Copenhagen and her PhD degree at the University of Amsterdam. Her PhD dissertation will be published by Routledge with the title ‘Urban Chameleons: Violence, Gangs and Social Mobility in Cape Town’. It focuses on young men and their ways of dealing with discrimination, inequality and crime in contemporary South Africa. The focus is on social positioning and navigation in conflict situations, emphasising how mobile young men frequently access cultural spaces outside their segregated residential neighborhoods in a search for upward social mobility.

Her existing work focuses on the social mechanisms behind violent acts and victimization, cultural explanations for crime, and micro-sociological approaches to violence. She specializes in new ethnographic methods including analysis of camera footage of violence and intrapersonal comparisons of crime situations.


Violent robberies in the Netherlands

Currently Marie works on a project based on interviews with 104 robbery offenders in the Netherlands. Focus is on explaining in what situations robberies are committed and aborted as well as the degree of violence used during robberies.

In her seminar she will discuss how victim resistance impacts physical force by robbers. Based on an analysis of behavioral sequences between offenders and victims, she will show that physical force is used for different reasons at various stages of the robbery. At the onset of robberies, physical force of offenders is influenced by whether they judge the victim to be street credible. During the progression of robberies, offenders are more likely to use physical force against a resistant than against a compliant victim.

Read her Dutch article online: 
Overvallen vanuit daderperspectief (2013)


Research Seminars Spring 2015