Dr Stuart Waiton

Senior Lecturer

School School of Business, Law and Social Sciences

Department Division of Sociology

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+44 (0)1382 30 8767

Biography

I’m a Sociology and Criminology lecturer. I also write for several newspapers on issues associated with the criminalisation and over-regulation of everyday life.

My research interests include the politics of antisocial behaviour, the changing nature of politics beyond left and right and the construction of ‘hate crime’. I’m also interested in early intervention and its role in crime-related social policy and the ‘policing’ of families. This and other work relates to ideas about ‘governing vulnerability’ within a ‘therapeutic culture’. Finally, I am interested in risk/fear and the ideas of moral and amoral panics.

I am the author of Scared of the Kids, and The Politics of Antisocial Behaviour: Amoral Panics. My most recent book is Snobs’ Law: Criminalising Football Fans in an Age of Intolerance.

Dr Waiton teaches largely on the Criminological Studies course exploring issues to do with modern forms of criminalisation. He also teaches postgraduate students carrying out the Masters by Research and is available for PhD supervision.

The specific modules are

CRM101 Crime and Punishment - how to understand how crime is constructed and how language/behaviour is criminalised.

CRM301 Contemporary Criminological Theory - Governing crime, gender and crime and risk/fear and crime.

CRM401 Contemporary Issues in Criminological Research explores the rise of the victim of crime within an understanding of the 'therapeutic culture' and looks at hate crime, restorative justice and the growing policing of antisocial behaviour.

Interests

Research interests include:

The political and therapeutic way in which crime and the issue of antisocial behaviour have developed in the UK. In particular the way in which 'vulnerability' and the construction of it have impacted upon crime and society.

Moral Panics - but more specifically amoral panics in society.

The changing nature of politics beyond left and right and the impact this has upon crime as a socially constructed problem: With particular interest in the construction of 'hate crime'.

The history of early intervention and its emerging centrality to crime related social policy.

2017

The new class and the well-being state

Waiton, S. (2017) The new class and the well-being state. In: The future of the welfare state. Almqvist, K. (ed.), Thomas, I. (ed.). p. 123-130. Stockholm: Axess Publishing AB.
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2016

The fearful teacher

Waiton, S. (2016) The fearful teacher. In: The role of the teacher today. Hayes, D. (ed.), Marshall, T. (ed.). p. 29-35. Derby: SCETT.
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Third way parenting and the creation of the “named person” in Scotland

Waiton, S. (2016) Third way parenting and the creation of the “named person” in Scotland. . . .
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2015

Criminalizing songs and symbols in Scottish football

Waiton, S. (2015) Criminalizing songs and symbols in Scottish football. . . p. 169-184. .
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Amoral panic

Waiton, S. (2015) Amoral panic. In: Gender and the family. Cree, V. (ed.). p. 55-66. Bristol: Policy Press.
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2014

Football fans in an age of intolerance

Waiton, S. (2014) Football fans in an age of intolerance. In: Football hooliganism, fan behaviour and crime: contemporary issues. Hopkins, M. (ed.), Treadwell, J. (ed.). 1st ed., p. 201-221. Basigstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
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Antisocial behaviour and the vulnerable public

Waiton, S. (2014) Antisocial behaviour and the vulnerable public. In: Anti-social behaviour in Britain: Victorian and contemporary perspectives. Pickard, S. (ed.). p. 203-213. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
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2013

ASBOs as assurance in the post-liberal era

Waiton, S. (2013) ASBOs as assurance in the post-liberal era. . . p. 429-436. .
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The new sectarians

Waiton, S. (2013) The new sectarians. In: Bigotry, football and Scotland. Flint, J. (ed.), Kelly, J. (ed.). p. 99-114. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
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2011

Wellfare culture the English riots and the collapse of authority

Waiton, S. (2011) Wellfare culture the English riots and the collapse of authority. . . p. 54-78. .
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2010

The politics of surveillance: big brother on prozac

Waiton, S. (2010) The politics of surveillance: big brother on prozac. . . p. 61-84. .
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The antisocialisation of children and young people: undermining professionals and colonising everyday life

Waiton, S. (2010) The antisocialisation of children and young people: undermining professionals and colonising everyday life. . . p. 37-49. .
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2009

Policing after the crisis

Waiton, S. (2009) Policing after the crisis. . . p. 359-376. .
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2008

The politics of antisocial behaviour

Waiton, S. (2008) The politics of antisocial behaviour. . . Abingdon: Routledge.
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Asocial not anti-social

Waiton, S. (2008) Asocial not anti-social. In: ASBO nation: the criminalisation of nuisance. Squires, P. (ed.). p. 337-357. Bristol: Policy Press.
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Youthful misbehaviours or adult traumas?

Waiton, S. (2008) Youthful misbehaviours or adult traumas?. In: The future of community: reports of a death greatly exaggerated. Clements, D. (ed.), Donald, A. (ed.), Earnshaw, M. (ed.), Williams, A. (ed.). p. 160-169. London: Pluto Press.
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2007

The roots of 'paedophobia'

Waiton, S. & Knight, S. (2007) The roots of 'paedophobia'. . . p. 89-94. .
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Does youth have a future?

Waiton, S. (2007) Does youth have a future?. . . p. 22-25. .
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2001

Scared of the kids?

Waiton, S. (2001) Scared of the kids?. . . Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University, School of Cultural Studies.
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