Dr Alistair Fraser

  • Senior Lecturer (Sociology)

Biography

Alistair Fraser is Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology at the University of Glasgow, where he teaches and researches issues of youth violence, street culture, and urban ethnography, with a particular focus on the global gang phenomenon. His work seeks to make theoretically ambitious, empirically grounded, policy relevant contributions to academic and public debate.

His first book, Urban Legends: Gang Identity in the Post-Industrial City (OUP, 2015) was shortlisted for the BBC/BSA Ethnography Award and co-awarded the British Society of Criminology Book Prize. Reviews have been published in Global Crime, Scottish Justice Matters the British Journal of Criminology and Crime Media Culture, as well as media reporting of the work in the Daily Record, Sunday Herald and Evening Times.  His new book, Gangs and Crime: Critical Alternatives was published by Sage in 2017. Most recently Alistair was joint lead investigator on a major new study on the community impact of organised crime in Scotland, funded by the Scottish Government.

Alistair is a regular contributor to public debate on issues of crime and justice and has written for the Wall Street Journal, Herald, Scotsman and Conversation as well as making contributions to BBC Scotland, BBC’s ‘Timeline’, STV's 'Scotland Tonight', and BBC Radio Four's 'Thinking Allowed.' In 2017-18, Alistair was selected as a BBC/AHRC ‘New Generation Thinker’ and collaborated with BBC Radio 3 on a series of broadcasts on themes of gangs, street culture, gentrification, and boredom. In addition Alistair works hard to engage with different audiences, most recently in a collaboration with the People's Palace Museum, Glasgow, to create a 'digital alternative' guide to the displays for secondary school students.

Alistair has a longstanding interest in global and comparative criminology, and is currently Associate Director of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, with a remit for international mobility. Prior to joining Glasgow spent four years as Assistant Professor in Criminology in the Department of Sociology, University of Hong Kong,where he was awarded the Faculty of Social Sciences 'Outstanding Teaching Award' for 2013-14. He continues to work and collaborate with colleagues at the University of Hong Kong, mostly recently co-editing a special issue of the Crime Media Culture on the theme of Asian criminology. In 2018 he was awarded an 'Outstanding Paper' award by the Hong Kong Studies Association for a paper from the same issue.

Alistair welcomes prospective PhD applicants in the areas of gangs, crime and justice; youth studies; urban sociology; and global and comparative criminology. He is particularly interested in studies using comparative, qualitative, ethnographic, digital or visual methodologies.


Research interests

Youth crime and justice

Gangs and subcultures

Global and comparative criminology

Urban sociology

Place and space

Ethnography and qualitative methods

Oral history

Asian criminology


Grants

2017 – 2018    Reimagining Crime and Justice: An Alternative Guide. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (Impact Acceleration): €9,500 - PI.

2016 – 2018    Community Experiences of Serious and Organised Crime. Funded by the Scottish Government: €162,000 - co-PI.

2014 – 2015    (Re)Imagining Gangs: A Study of Gang Identity in Hong Kong and Shanghai. Funded by the University of Hong Kong: €10,000 – PI.

2013 – 2015    (Re)Imagining Youth: A Comparative Sociology of Youth Leisure in Scotland and Hong Kong. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (UK) and Research Grants Council (HK): €150,000 – co-PI.

2013 – 2015    Reducing Hong Kong's Youth Crime Through Community Intervention: An Evaluation of Operation Breakthrough. Funded by Operation Breakthrough: €22,000 – co-PI.

2012 – 2015    How Young People Obtain Psychoactive Drugs in Hong Kong. Research Grants Council (HK): €51,000 – co-I.

2012 – 2014    Excavating the Walled City: Youth and Order in Hong Kong’s Forbidden Enclave. Funded by University of Hong Kong: €13,000 – PI.


Supervision

Previous

 

Jankowski, K. (2017) 'Finding Place in the Liquid City: mobility and identity in Lan Kwai Fong' (MPhil, University of Hong Kong)

Alnasser, F. (2018) 'Youth transitions and social change in Kuwait: tensions between tradition and modernity' (PhD, University of Glasgow)

 

Current

 

Smith, E. (2015-) 'Illicit Markets in the Global City: The Cultural Property Trade in Hong Kong' (PhD, University of Glasgow)

Casey, R. (2017-) 'The lived experience of penal electronic monitoring' (PhD, University of Glasgow)


Teaching

2015 – 2017    Course Coordinator: The Global Criminal Economy; Youth, Gangs & Globalization; Sociology of the City; Research Methods in Criminology – University of Glasgow, UK.

2011 – 2015    Course Coordinator: Social Problems; Youth & Delinquency; Youth Crime in the Global City; Methods of Research in Criminology – University of Hong Kong, HKSAR.


Publications

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2018

Fraser, A., Hamilton-Smith, N., Clark, A., Graham, W., McBride, M., Doyle, M. and Hobbs, D. (2018) Community Experiences of Serious Organised Crime in Scotland. Project Report. Scottish Government, Edinburgh.

Fraser, A., Ralphs, R. and Smithson, H. (2018) European youth gang policy in comparative context. Children and Society, 32(2), pp. 156-165. (doi:10.1111/chso.12265)

Fraser, A. and Hagedorn, J. M. (2018) Gangs and a global sociological imagination. Theoretical Criminology, 22(1), pp. 42-62. (doi:10.1177/1362480616659129)

Fraser, A. (2018) The ghost of ethnography future. In: Rice, S. K. and Maltz, M. D. (eds.) Doing Ethnography in Criminology: Discovery through Fieldwork. Springer: Cham, pp. 179-185. ISBN 9783319963150 (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-96316-7_14)

2017

Fraser, A., Batchelor, S. , Ling, L. L. N. and Whittaker, L. (2017) City as lens: (re)imagining youth in Glasgow and Hong Kong. Young: The Nordic Journal of Youth Research, 25(3), pp. 235-251. (doi:10.1177/1103308816669642)

Fraser, A. and Cheuk-Yin Li, E. (2017) The second life of Kowloon walled city: crime, consumerism and cultural memory. Crime, Media, Culture, 13(2), pp. 217-234. (doi:10.1177/1741659017703681)

Batchelor, S. , Fraser, A., Ling, L. L. N. and Whittaker, L. (2017) (Re)Politicising young people: from Scotland’s Indyref to Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement. In: Pickard, S. and Bessant, J. (eds.) Young People Re-Generating Politics in Times of Crises. Series: Palgrave studies in young people and politics. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9783319582498

Fraser, A. (2017) Gangs and Crime: Critical Alternatives. Sage: London. ISBN 9781473911901

Hobbs, D. and Fraser, A. (2017) Urban criminal collaborations. In: Liebling, A., Maruna, S. and McAra, L. (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Criminology [6th edition]. Oxford University Press, pp. 587-606. ISBN 9780198719441

Bartie, A. and Fraser, A. (2017) Speaking to the ‘Hard Men’: masculinities, violence and youth gangs in Glasgow, c. 1965-75. In: Abrams, L. and Ewan, E. L. (eds.) Nine Centuries of Man: Manhood and Masculinity in Scottish History. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh, pp. 258-277. ISBN 9781474403894

Bartie, A. and Fraser, A. (2017) 'It wasnae just Easterhouse: the politics of representation in the Glasgow gang phenomenon, c.1965-1975. In: Gildart, K., Gough-Yates, A., Lincoln, S., Osgerby, B., Robinson, L., Street, J., Webb, P. and Worley, M. (eds.) Youth Culture and Social Change: Making a Difference by Making a Noise. Series: Palgrave studies in the history of subcultures and popular music. Palgrave Macmillan: London, pp. 205-229. ISBN 9781137529107 (doi:10.1057/978-1-137-52911-4_9)

Fraser, A. (2017) Street Art, Public City: Law, Crime and the Urban Imagination, by Alison Young. Law and Literature, 29(2), pp. 373-375. (doi:10.1080/1535685X.2017.1306220) [Book Review]

2016

Fraser, A. (2016) Researching crime and justice in Hong Kong. In: Chui, W. H. and Lo, T. W. (eds.) Understanding Criminal Justice in Hong Kong [2nd edition]. Routledge: London, pp. 118-134. ISBN 9781138888746

Piacentini, T. and Fraser, A. (2016) Back to Back: Revisiting Ethnographies Past, Present and Future. [Website]

Fraser, A. (2016) Global Gangs: Street Violence Across the World; edited by J. Hazen and D. Rodgers. British Journal of Criminology, 56(1), pp. 204-207. (doi:10.1093/bjc/azv044) [Book Review]

Fraser, A. (2016) Criminology in a controlled climate: reflections on learning and teaching in Hong Kong. Social Transformations in Chinese Societies, 12(1), pp. 37-43.

2015

Fraser, A. (2015) Reframing gangs. Oxford University Press Blog,

Fraser, A. (2015) Umbrella sociology. IIAS Newsletter, 70,

Fraser, A. (2015) Urban Legends: Gang Identity in the Post-Industrial City. Series: Clarendon studies in criminology. Oxford University Press: Oxford. ISBN 9780198728610

2014

Fraser, A. and Atkinson, C. (2014) Making up gangs: looping, labelling and the new politics of intelligence-led policing. Youth Justice, 14(2), pp. 154-170. (doi:10.1177/1473225414529047)

Bartie, A. and Fraser, A. (2014) The Easterhouse project: youth gangs, social justice and the arts in Glasgow, 1968-1970. Scottish Justice Matters, 2014, pp. 38-39.

Fraser, A. (2014) City of experience, city of Imagination. Wall Street Journal Blog,

Fraser, A. and Piacentini, T. (2014) We belong to Glasgow: the thirdspaces of youth ‘gangs’ and asylum seeker, refugee and migrant groups. In: Phillips, C. and Webster, C. (eds.) New Directions in Race, Ethnicity and Crime. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon, pp. 55-79. ISBN 9780415540490

2013

Fraser, A. (2013) Review of Mary Bosworth and Carolyn Hoyle, 'What is Criminology?'. Asian Journal of Criminology, 8(3), pp. 231-234. (doi:10.1007/s11417-012-9145-z) [Book Review]

Fraser, A. (2013) Ethnography at the periphery: redrawing the borders of criminology's world-map. Theoretical Criminology, 17(2), pp. 251-260. (doi:10.1177/1362480612472786)

Fraser, A. (2013) Street habitus: gangs, territorialism and social change in Glasgow. Journal of Youth Studies, 16(8), pp. 970-985. (doi:10.1080/13676261.2013.793791)

Joe-Laidler, J.K., Fraser, A. and Lau, G. (2013) Reducing Hong Kong's Youth Crime Through Community Intervention : An Evaluation of Operation Breakthrough. Project Report. Centre for Criminology Department of Sociology. (Unpublished)

2012

Fraser, A. (2012) Youth in Crisis? Gangs, Territoriality and Violence, edited by Barry Goldson. British Journal of Criminology, 52(1), pp. 227-230. (doi:10.1093/bjc/azr081) [Book Review]

2011

Fraser, A. and MacQueen, S. (2011) Evaluation of Early and Effective Intervention and Diversion from Prosecution in Dumfries and Galloway. Project Report. Scottish Government, Edinburgh.

2010

Fraser, A., Burman, M., Batchelor, S. and McVie, S. (2010) Youth violence in Scotland: a literature review. Project Report. Scottish Government, Edinburgh.

Burman, M., Johnstone, J., Fraser, A. and McNeill, F. (2010) Scotland. In: Dünkel, F., Grzywal, P., Horsfield, P. and Pruin, I. (eds.) Juvenile Justice Systems in Europe - Current Situation and Reform Developments. Forum Verlag Godesberg GmbH: Mönchengladbach, pp. 1149-1194. ISBN 9783936999754

Mackenzie, S. and Fraser, A. (2010) Communities and Community Safety: Theories, Concepts and Strategies. Discussion Paper. Community Safety Unit, The Scottish Government. (Unpublished)

2009

Ashe, S., Fraser, A. and Piacentini, T. (2009) Introduction: Critical Issues in Researching ‘Hidden Communities'. eSharp, Specia, pp. 1-9.

Fraser, A. (2009) Deviation from the mean? Cultural representations of Glasgow since 'No mean city'. In: McNair, A. and Ryder, J. (eds.) Further from the Frontiers...: Cross-Currents in Irish and Scottish Studies. AHRC Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies: Aberdeen, UK, pp. 21-32.

2008

Bannister, J. and Fraser, A. (2008) Youth gang identification: learning and social development in restricted geographies. Scottish Journal of Criminal Justice Studies, 14, pp. 96-114.

This list was generated on Fri Dec 14 13:38:24 2018 GMT.
Number of items: 35.

Articles

Fraser, A., Ralphs, R. and Smithson, H. (2018) European youth gang policy in comparative context. Children and Society, 32(2), pp. 156-165. (doi:10.1111/chso.12265)

Fraser, A. and Hagedorn, J. M. (2018) Gangs and a global sociological imagination. Theoretical Criminology, 22(1), pp. 42-62. (doi:10.1177/1362480616659129)

Fraser, A., Batchelor, S. , Ling, L. L. N. and Whittaker, L. (2017) City as lens: (re)imagining youth in Glasgow and Hong Kong. Young: The Nordic Journal of Youth Research, 25(3), pp. 235-251. (doi:10.1177/1103308816669642)

Fraser, A. and Cheuk-Yin Li, E. (2017) The second life of Kowloon walled city: crime, consumerism and cultural memory. Crime, Media, Culture, 13(2), pp. 217-234. (doi:10.1177/1741659017703681)

Fraser, A. (2016) Criminology in a controlled climate: reflections on learning and teaching in Hong Kong. Social Transformations in Chinese Societies, 12(1), pp. 37-43.

Fraser, A. (2015) Reframing gangs. Oxford University Press Blog,

Fraser, A. (2015) Umbrella sociology. IIAS Newsletter, 70,

Fraser, A. and Atkinson, C. (2014) Making up gangs: looping, labelling and the new politics of intelligence-led policing. Youth Justice, 14(2), pp. 154-170. (doi:10.1177/1473225414529047)

Bartie, A. and Fraser, A. (2014) The Easterhouse project: youth gangs, social justice and the arts in Glasgow, 1968-1970. Scottish Justice Matters, 2014, pp. 38-39.

Fraser, A. (2014) City of experience, city of Imagination. Wall Street Journal Blog,

Fraser, A. (2013) Ethnography at the periphery: redrawing the borders of criminology's world-map. Theoretical Criminology, 17(2), pp. 251-260. (doi:10.1177/1362480612472786)

Fraser, A. (2013) Street habitus: gangs, territorialism and social change in Glasgow. Journal of Youth Studies, 16(8), pp. 970-985. (doi:10.1080/13676261.2013.793791)

Ashe, S., Fraser, A. and Piacentini, T. (2009) Introduction: Critical Issues in Researching ‘Hidden Communities'. eSharp, Specia, pp. 1-9.

Bannister, J. and Fraser, A. (2008) Youth gang identification: learning and social development in restricted geographies. Scottish Journal of Criminal Justice Studies, 14, pp. 96-114.

Books

Fraser, A. (2017) Gangs and Crime: Critical Alternatives. Sage: London. ISBN 9781473911901

Fraser, A. (2015) Urban Legends: Gang Identity in the Post-Industrial City. Series: Clarendon studies in criminology. Oxford University Press: Oxford. ISBN 9780198728610

Book Sections

Fraser, A. (2018) The ghost of ethnography future. In: Rice, S. K. and Maltz, M. D. (eds.) Doing Ethnography in Criminology: Discovery through Fieldwork. Springer: Cham, pp. 179-185. ISBN 9783319963150 (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-96316-7_14)

Batchelor, S. , Fraser, A., Ling, L. L. N. and Whittaker, L. (2017) (Re)Politicising young people: from Scotland’s Indyref to Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement. In: Pickard, S. and Bessant, J. (eds.) Young People Re-Generating Politics in Times of Crises. Series: Palgrave studies in young people and politics. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9783319582498

Hobbs, D. and Fraser, A. (2017) Urban criminal collaborations. In: Liebling, A., Maruna, S. and McAra, L. (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Criminology [6th edition]. Oxford University Press, pp. 587-606. ISBN 9780198719441

Bartie, A. and Fraser, A. (2017) Speaking to the ‘Hard Men’: masculinities, violence and youth gangs in Glasgow, c. 1965-75. In: Abrams, L. and Ewan, E. L. (eds.) Nine Centuries of Man: Manhood and Masculinity in Scottish History. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh, pp. 258-277. ISBN 9781474403894

Bartie, A. and Fraser, A. (2017) 'It wasnae just Easterhouse: the politics of representation in the Glasgow gang phenomenon, c.1965-1975. In: Gildart, K., Gough-Yates, A., Lincoln, S., Osgerby, B., Robinson, L., Street, J., Webb, P. and Worley, M. (eds.) Youth Culture and Social Change: Making a Difference by Making a Noise. Series: Palgrave studies in the history of subcultures and popular music. Palgrave Macmillan: London, pp. 205-229. ISBN 9781137529107 (doi:10.1057/978-1-137-52911-4_9)

Fraser, A. (2016) Researching crime and justice in Hong Kong. In: Chui, W. H. and Lo, T. W. (eds.) Understanding Criminal Justice in Hong Kong [2nd edition]. Routledge: London, pp. 118-134. ISBN 9781138888746

Fraser, A. and Piacentini, T. (2014) We belong to Glasgow: the thirdspaces of youth ‘gangs’ and asylum seeker, refugee and migrant groups. In: Phillips, C. and Webster, C. (eds.) New Directions in Race, Ethnicity and Crime. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon, pp. 55-79. ISBN 9780415540490

Burman, M., Johnstone, J., Fraser, A. and McNeill, F. (2010) Scotland. In: Dünkel, F., Grzywal, P., Horsfield, P. and Pruin, I. (eds.) Juvenile Justice Systems in Europe - Current Situation and Reform Developments. Forum Verlag Godesberg GmbH: Mönchengladbach, pp. 1149-1194. ISBN 9783936999754

Fraser, A. (2009) Deviation from the mean? Cultural representations of Glasgow since 'No mean city'. In: McNair, A. and Ryder, J. (eds.) Further from the Frontiers...: Cross-Currents in Irish and Scottish Studies. AHRC Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies: Aberdeen, UK, pp. 21-32.

Book Reviews

Fraser, A. (2017) Street Art, Public City: Law, Crime and the Urban Imagination, by Alison Young. Law and Literature, 29(2), pp. 373-375. (doi:10.1080/1535685X.2017.1306220) [Book Review]

Fraser, A. (2016) Global Gangs: Street Violence Across the World; edited by J. Hazen and D. Rodgers. British Journal of Criminology, 56(1), pp. 204-207. (doi:10.1093/bjc/azv044) [Book Review]

Fraser, A. (2013) Review of Mary Bosworth and Carolyn Hoyle, 'What is Criminology?'. Asian Journal of Criminology, 8(3), pp. 231-234. (doi:10.1007/s11417-012-9145-z) [Book Review]

Fraser, A. (2012) Youth in Crisis? Gangs, Territoriality and Violence, edited by Barry Goldson. British Journal of Criminology, 52(1), pp. 227-230. (doi:10.1093/bjc/azr081) [Book Review]

Research Reports or Papers

Fraser, A., Hamilton-Smith, N., Clark, A., Graham, W., McBride, M., Doyle, M. and Hobbs, D. (2018) Community Experiences of Serious Organised Crime in Scotland. Project Report. Scottish Government, Edinburgh.

Joe-Laidler, J.K., Fraser, A. and Lau, G. (2013) Reducing Hong Kong's Youth Crime Through Community Intervention : An Evaluation of Operation Breakthrough. Project Report. Centre for Criminology Department of Sociology. (Unpublished)

Fraser, A. and MacQueen, S. (2011) Evaluation of Early and Effective Intervention and Diversion from Prosecution in Dumfries and Galloway. Project Report. Scottish Government, Edinburgh.

Fraser, A., Burman, M., Batchelor, S. and McVie, S. (2010) Youth violence in Scotland: a literature review. Project Report. Scottish Government, Edinburgh.

Mackenzie, S. and Fraser, A. (2010) Communities and Community Safety: Theories, Concepts and Strategies. Discussion Paper. Community Safety Unit, The Scottish Government. (Unpublished)

Website

Piacentini, T. and Fraser, A. (2016) Back to Back: Revisiting Ethnographies Past, Present and Future. [Website]

This list was generated on Fri Dec 14 13:38:24 2018 GMT.