Dr Alistair Fraser

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Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology
Research Staff & Associate Directors
Phone number:
0141 330 4303
Ivy Lodge
63 Gibson Street
G12 8LR

Alistair Fraser is currently Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology at the University of Glasgow. His work focuses centrally on issues of youth, crime, and globalisation, with a particular interest in youth ‘gangs’ in a global and comparative context. Alistair’s 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 most recent book, Gangs and Crime: Critical Alternatives was published by Sage in 2017.

Alistair is currently a BBC/AHRC ‘New Generation Thinker’ and is collaborating with BBC Radio 3 on a series of broadcasts. The first of these, on Radio 3’s ‘Free Thinking’, is available here. Beyond this scheme, Alistair has participated in a range of media in relation to his work, most recently on BBC Scotland’s ‘Kay Adams’ show, BBC’s ‘Timeline’, STV’s ‘Scotland Tonight’, and BBC Radio Four’s ‘Thinking Allowed.’

Alistair’s other principal interest is around global and comparative approaches to crime and justice. Prior to joining Glasgow spent four years as Assistant Professor in Criminology in the Department of Sociology, University of Hong Kong, and recently co-edited a special issue of the Crime Media Culture on Asian criminology. He is currently Associate Director of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, with a remit for international mobility.

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.

Key publications are listed below. A full list is available here:

  • Fraser, A. (2013) Street habitus: gangs, territorialism and social change in Glasgow. Journal of Youth Studies 16(8): 970-985. [36]
    Reprinted as 街头惯习:格拉斯哥的帮派、地域及社会变迁, Journal of Issues in Crime and Delinquency (Chinese)
  • Fraser, A. & Atkinson, C. (2014) Making Up Gangs: Looping, Labelling and the New Politics of Intelligence-Led Policing. Youth Justice 14(2): 154-170. [16]
  • Fraser, A., and Hagedorn, J. (2016) Gangs and a Global Sociological Imagination. Theoretical Criminology. Online first, available at:         http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/1362480616659129
  • Fraser, A., Lee, M. and Tang, D. [eds.] (2017) Special Issue of Crime, Media, Culture. ‘Crime, Media, Culture Asia-Style.’ (August, 2017). Available at: http://journals.sagepub.com/toc/cmc/current
  • Fraser, A. (2017) Gangs & Crime: Critical Alternatives. London: Sage.
  • Fraser, A. & Hobbs, D. (2017) ‘Urban Criminal Collaborations’ in A. Liebling, S. Maruna and L. McAra [eds.] Oxford Handbook of Criminology (6th edition) Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Fraser, A. (2015) Urban Legends: Gang Identity in the Post-Industrial City. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Fraser, A. (2013) Ethnography at the Periphery: Redrawing the borders of criminology’s world-map. Theoretical Criminology. 17(2): 251-260.