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BBC Radio 3 to feature Alistair Fraser’s ‘Hard Man in the Call Centre’ Essay

19 Jun 2019

SCCJR’s  Alistair Fraser will feature on BBC Radio 3’s The Essay programme on Friday evening (21 June).

Recorded with an audience at the York Festival of Ideas his essay, Hard Man in the Call Centre’ traces the story of Glasgow’s unpredictable tough guy, schooled in both fist and knife, a symbol of the city’s industrial past. But what does being a hard man mean in the Glasgow of today, now call-centre capital of Europe? And what lessons can be drawn from his changing fates and fortunes to understand masculinity and violence elsewhere?

Alistair Fraser is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology based at the University of Glasgow and a BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker. He has spent the last fifteen years studying youth gangs and street culture around the world, and is author of two academic books, Urban Legends: Gang Identity in the Post-Industrial City (2015, Oxford University Press), and Gangs & Crime: Critical Alternatives (2017, Sage). He makes regular contributions to public debate on gangs and youth violence, and has appeared on BBC Radio 3 and 4 on Thinking Allowed, More or Less, and Free Thinking.

You can listen to Hard Man in the Call Centre at 22:45 on Friday 21 June on BBC Radio 3
Producer – Jacqueline Smith

Further Links:

Alistair Fraser in a Free Thinking Festival debate about gangs https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09w7qqg  
Alistair Fraser looks at Doing Nothing https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09v66bh
Audience questions of this Essay are found here https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02nrvk3/episodes/downloads