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