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Gordon Hughes

Professor Gordon Hughes

Emeritus Professor

School of Social Sciences


Gordon Hughes was a graduate and research student at the University Of Leicester’s Sociology Department (1971-78).  He has degrees in Sociology, Criminology and Social Policy, and Socio-Legal Studies.  Before joining Cardiff School of Social Sciences in 2006, he was Professor of Criminology at The Open University.  Since retiring in 2017, he has been Professor Emeritus here at Cardiff. He is currently editor of the Routledge book series ‘Crime, Security and Justice’.  Gordon has recently completed a monograph entitled Crime, Violence and Modernity: Connecting Classical and Contemporary Practice in Sociological Criminology (2022, Routledge) in which he argues for an intellectual rapprochement between core concerns of classical sociology and contemporary criminological practice (for further details see:



*Sociology of civilizing and decivilizing processes
*Sociological criminology of violence
*Classical sociology and the contemporary criminological imagination
*Comparative criminology
*Crime prevention, youth justice and community safety
*Urban security expertise in Europe



Crime, Violence and Modernity: Connecting Classical and Contemporary Practice in Sociological Criminology, Routledge, London.

‘Gossip, Control and Community: Figurational Explorations in Sociological  Criminology’. Human Figurations: Long-term Perspectives on the Human Condition.  With R. Swann and S. Meredith.

‘Comparative community crime prevention in theory and practice’.  With R. Swann. In Tenga, M. (ed.) Latin American Handbook of Crime Prevention and Citizenship Security, Ediciones Didot.

‘Public Criminology.  In A. Brisman et. al (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Criminological Theory and Concepts.  Routledge, London.

‘Exploring micro-sociality through the lens of “established-outsider’ figurational dynamics in a South Wales community’.  The Sociological Review, 64 (4): 681-98.

‘Community safety, young people in an age of austerity’.  With R. Swann and A. Edwards.  In Goldson, B. and J. Muncie (eds.) Youth, Crime and Justice. London. Sage

‘Crime prevention and public safety in Europe: challenges for comparative criminology’. With A. Edwards and N. Lord. In Body-Gendrot, S. et al. (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of European Criminology.  London, Routledge.
‘Comparative European criminology and the question of urban security’. With A. Edwards.  European Journal of Criminology 10(3), pp. 257-259.
‘Powers, liabilities and expertise in community safety: comparative lessons for 'urban security' from the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland’.  With D. Gilling European Journal of Criminology 10(3), pp. 326-340.
‘Urban security in Europe: Translating a concept in public criminology’. With A. Edwards and N. Lord. European Journal of Criminology 10(3), pp. 260-283.

‘Public safety regimes: Negotiated orders and political analysis in criminology’. With A. Edwards.  Criminology and Criminal Justice 12(4), pp. 433-458.

‘Fragmentation and interconnection in public safety governance in the Netherlands, Belgium and England’.  With R. Prins, L. Cachet and P. Ponsaers.  In  M. Fenger and V Bekkers (eds.)  Beyond Fragmentation and Interconnectivity” Public Governance and the Search for Connective Capacity, Amsterdam, IOS Press.


Status dogs, young people and criminalisation: towards a preventive strategy.  With C. Lawson and J. Maher.  Cardiff, RSPCA and Cardiff University.
‘The politics of criminological research’. In Davies, P., Francis, P. and Jupp, V. eds. Doing Criminological Research.  London:  Sage.
‘Fragmentation and interconnection in public governance in Belgium, England and Wales, and the Netherlands: empirical explorations and imagined futures’.  With A. Cachet, R. Prins and P. Ponsaers.  Greek Journal of Criminology: Special Issue on Fear of Crime, 81-92.
‘Sociological criminology and youth justice: Comparative policy analysis and academic intervention’. With B. Goldson. Criminology and Criminal Justice 10(2), pp. 211-230.
‘The preventive turn in crime control and its relationship to tourism’.  In T. Jones and D. Botterill (eds.) Tourism and Crime: Key Themes, Goodfellow Pubiclations, Oxford.


A National Evaluation of the Safer Communities Fund.  With A. Edwards, A. Liddle and K. Haines.  Cardiff, Welsh Assembly Government.

‘Community safety and the management of “problem populations”.  In: G. Mooney and S. Neal (eds.) Community, Crime and Society. Maidenhead, OUP.

‘Governing the Social and the Problem of the “Stranger”’.  In P. Noxolo and J. Huysmans (eds.) Community, Citizenship and the “War on Terror”.  Basingstoke, Palgrave MacMillan.

‘The RSPCA and the criminology of social control’. With C. Lawson. Crime, Law and Social Change 55:5, pp. 375-389.
‘The preventive turn and the promotion of safer communities in England and Wales: political inventiveness and governmental instabilities’. With A. Edwards. In Crawford, A. (ed.) Crime Prevention Policies in Comparative Perspective.  London,  Willan Publishing.


‘Inventing community safety’. In Carlen, P. (ed.) Imaginary Penalities.  Abingdon, UK,  Willan.
‘Resilient Fabians? Anti-social behaviour and community safety work in Wales’. In Squires, P. (ed.) ASBO Nation: The criminalisation of nuisance.  Bristol,  Policy Press.


The Politics of Crime and Community, Baingstoke, Palgrave MacMillan.

Understanding Crime Prevention: Social Control, Risk and Late Modernity.  Chinese translation edition.  McGraw-Hill Education (Asia) Co.

‘The politics of community safety and the problem of the “stranger”’.  In A. Brannigan and G . Pavlich (eds.) Governance and Regulation in Social Life: Essays in Honour of W.G. Carson.  New York, Routledge-Cavendish.

‘Neighbourhood policing and community safety: researching the instabilities of of the local governance of crime, disorder and security in contemporary UK’. With M. Rowe. Criminology and Criminal Justice, 7(4): 317-46.

‘Community cohesion, asylum seeking the question of the “stranger”: towards a new politics of public safety’.  Cultural Studies 21 (6): 931-61.


‘Community safety, youth and the “anti-social’.  With M. Follett.  In B. Goldson and J. Muncie (eds.) Youth Crime and Justice.  London, Sage.

‘Comparing the Governance of Safety in Europe: A Geo-Historical Approach’. With A. Edwards. Theoretical Criminology 9(3), pp. 345-363.
‘Crime Prevention in Context’.  With A. Edwards.  In N. Tilley (ed.) Handbook of Crime Prevention.  Cullompton, Willan Publishing.


‘Mission Impossible: the Habitus of the Community Safety Officer’.  With D. Gilling. Criminal Justice 4 (2): 151-71.

‘Communities, crime prevention and the politics of articulation: a reply to Kit Carson’.  Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 37(3): 431-42.

‘Straddling adaptation and denial? Crime and disorder reduction partnerships in England and Wales’.  Cambrian Law Review, 37.

‘The community governance of crime, justice and safety: challenges and lesson-drawing’. In British Journal of Community Justice, 2 (3): 7-20.
‘Crime control and community safety in Milton Keynes, UK’. With A. Edwards. In Sessar, K., Stangl, W. and Swaaningen, R. v. (eds). GrossStadtangste - Anxious cities: Untersuchungen zu Unsicherheitsgefuhlen und Sicherheitspolitiken in europaischen Kommunen.  Berlin,  LIT Verlag.


Criminological Perspectives: Essential Readings, Second Edition.  Co-edited with E. McLaughlin and J. Muncie.  London, Sage.

Restorative Justice: Critical Issues.  Co-edited with E. McLaughlin, R. Fergusson, L. Westmorland.  London, Sage.


Crime Control and Community: The New Politics of Public Safety.  Co-edited with A. Edwards.  Collumpton,  Willan Publishing.

Crime Prevention and Community Safety: New Directions.  Co-edited with E. McLaughlin and J. Muncie.  London, Sage.

‘Modes of youth governance: political rationalities, criminalisation and resistance’.  With J. Muncie.  In J. Muncie, G Hughes and E McLaughlin (eds.)  Youth Justice: Critical Readings.  London, Sage.

‘Teetering on the edge: the futures of crime control and community safety’. With E. McLaughlin and J. Muncie.  In G. Hughes (eds.) Crime Prevention and Community Safety: New Directions.  London, Sage.

‘Plotting the rise of community safety: critical reflections on research, theory and politics’.  In G. Hughes and A. Edwards (eds.) Crime Control and Community: the new politics of public safety.  Cullompton, Willan Publishing.
‘Introduction: the community governance of crime control’. With A. Edwards. In Hughes, G. and Edwards, A. (eds.) Crime Control and Community: The New Politics of Public Safety.  Collumpton,  Willan Publishing.


Ordering Lives: Family, Work and Welfare.  Co-edited with R. Fergusson.  London, Routledge.

‘The Permanent Revolution: New Labour, New Public Management and the Modernisation of Criminal Justice’. With E. McLaughlin and J. Muncie.  Criminal Justice 1 (3): 301-18.


‘Community safety in the age of the risk society’.  In S. Ballintyne (eds.) Secure Foundations: Key Issues in Crime Prevention, Crime Reduction and Community Safety. London, IPPR.

‘In the shadow of law and disorder: the contested politics of community safety’.  Crime Prevention and Community Safety, 2 (4): 47-60.

‘Understanding the politics of criminological research.  In P. Francis and V. Jupp (eds.) Doing criminological research.  London, Sage.


‘The contradictions of New Labour’s communitarianism’.  With A. Little. Imprints 4 (1): 37-62.

Understanding Crime Prevention: Social Control, Risk and Late Modernity. Buckingham, Open University Press.

Imagining Welfare Futures.  London, Routledge.

Unsettling Welfare: The Reconstruction of Social Policy.  Coedited with G. Lewis.  London, Routledge.

‘Diversion in a Culture of Severity’.  With A. Pilkington and R. Leisten.  Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 37 (1): 16-33.

‘”Picking over the remains”: The welfare state settlements in the post-war UK’.  In Unsettling Welfare: The Reconstruction of Social Policy.  Co-edited with G. Lewis.  London, Routledge.

‘Community’.  With G. Mooney. In G. Hughes (ed.) Imagining Welfare Futures.  London, Routledge.


‘Policing late modernity: changing strategies of crime management in contemporary Britain’.  In N. Jewson and S. MacGregor (eds.) Transforming Cities.  London, Routledge.

‘An Inspector Calls? Regulation and accountability in three public services’.  With R. Mears and C. Winch.  Policy and Politics 23 (3): 299-313.


‘Communitarianism and law and order’. Critical Social Policy 16 (4): 17-41.

‘Strategies of crime prevention and community safety in contemporary Britain’.  Studies on Crime and Crime Prevention, 5: 221-44.


‘Talking cop shop: a case-study of police community consultative groups in transition’.  Policing and Society 4: 253-70.