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I joined Kingston in September 2014 after ten years working at the Open University in the ERSC Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC), with a particular focus on urban studies and governmentality. Before that I studied the cultural history of crime and policing at the University of Manchester in the late 1990s during the era of the 'cultural turn', and this perspective continues to inform my research.
I have published in a range of fields from the material culture of religion and commerce, to urban exploration and improvement, but the bulk of my work focuses on the historical sociology of crime and policing.
My most recent book focuses on the history of security in modern Britain, particularly the gender dynamics of the politics of protection, from public policing to self-defence.
Senior Lecturer in Criminology
My current research explores crime, policing and (in)security, focusing particularly on the gendered dimensions of the politics of protection. This involves looking at the ways in which the offer of protection operates as a form of power. I relate this work to recent criminological work on 'security' and the 'new police science', as well as Foucauldian work on governmentality and Elias's concept of the 'civilising process', but the primary focus is on the history of patriarchy and the ways in which vulnerability and the power to protect have been configured in gendered terms. Methodologically this work is also informed by actor network theory and the linguistic approach of the cultural turn.
This work was recently published by Palgrave Macmillan as The Security Society: History, Patriarchy, Protection.
I currently co-supervisor of two PhD theses, one on the desistance experiences of migrant ex-offenders in England and Wales, by Merlinda Bajo, and one on cold case homicides in Pakistan, by Muhammad Aslam. I am keen to supervise further students in the fields of policing and security studies, cultural criminology and histories of crime and policing.
Dodsworth, Francis (2013) Habit, the criminal body and the body politic in England, c. 1700-1800. Body & Society, 19(2-3), pp. 83-106. ISSN (print) 1357-034X
Dodsworth, Francis, Vacchelli, Elena and Watson, Sophie (2013) Shifting religions and cultures in London’s East End. Material Religion, 9(1), pp. 86-112. ISSN (print) 1743-2200
Dodsworth, Francis and Watson, Sophie (2012) Into unorthodox London: the religious ethnography of Charles Maurice Davies. Victorian Literature and Culture, 40(2), pp. 487-508. ISSN (print) 1060-1503
Dodsworth, Francis and Watson, Sophie (2011) Constituting religious publics: the tale of two non-conformist churches in London. Culture and Religion, 12(1), pp. 1-19. ISSN (print) 1475-5610
McFall, Liz and Dodsworth, Francis (2009) Fabricating the market: the promotion of life assurance in the long nineteenth-century. Journal Of Historical Sociology, 22(1), pp. 30-54. ISSN (print) 0952-1909
Dodsworth, Francis (2008) The idea of police in Eighteenth-Century England: discipline, reformation, superintendence, c. 1780-1800. Journal of the History of Ideas, 69(4), pp. 583-604. ISSN (print) 0022-5037
Dodsworth, Francis (2007) Police and the prevention of crime: commerce, temptation and the corruption of the body politic, from Fielding to Colquhoun. The British Journal of Criminology, 47(3), pp. 439-454. ISSN (print) 0007-0955
Dodsworth, Francis (2005) Virtus on Whitehall: the politics of Palladianism in William Kent’s Treasury Building, 1733-6. Journal Of Historical Sociology, 18(4), pp. 282-317. ISSN (print) 0952-1909
Dodsworth, Francis (2004) 'Civic' police and the condition of liberty: the rationality of governance in eighteenth-century England. Social History, 29(2), pp. 199-216. ISSN (print) 0307-1022
Dodsworth, Francis (2019) The security society : history, patriarchy, protection. London, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. 339p. (Crime Prevention and Security Management) ISBN 9781137433824
Dodsworth, Francis and Walford, Antonia, eds. (2018) A world laid waste? Responding to the social, cultural and political consequences of globalisation. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. 176p. (CRESC) ISBN 9781138244986
Dodsworth, Francis (2020) Fighting for the right to the streets : the politics and poetics of women's self-defence. In: Watson, Sophie, (ed.) Spatial justice in the city. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 118-135. (Space, Materiality and the Normative) ISSN (print) 9780815394532
Dodsworth, Francis and Watson, Sophie (2018) Coping with change : community, environment and engagement in a London Buddhist community. In: Dodsworth, Francis and Walford, Antonia, (eds.) A world laid waste? Responding to the social, cultural and political consequences of globalisation. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 88-108. (CRESC) ISBN 9781138244986
Dodsworth, Francis (2016) Risk, prevention and policing, c. 1750-1850. In: Crook, Tom and Esbester, Mike, (eds.) Governing risks in modern Britain : danger, safety and accidents, c. 1800-2000. London, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 29-53. ISSN (print) 9781137467447
Dodsworth, Francis (2015) Epochalism and the society of security : continuity and change in self-defence culture. In: Lytje, Maren , Nielsen, Torben K. and Ottovay Jørgensen, Martin, (eds.) Challenging Ideas? Theory and Empirical Research in the Social Sciences. Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K. : Cambridge Scholars Press. pp. 88-107. ISBN 9781443883726
Dodsworth, Francis (2012) Men on a mission: masculinity, violence and the self-presentation of policemen in England, c. 1870-1914. In: Barrie, David G. and Broomhall, Susan, (eds.) A history of police and masculinities, 1700-2010. Oxford, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 123-140. ISBN 9780415696616
Dodsworth, Francis (2012) Shaping the city, shaping the subject: honour, affect and agency in John Gwynn’s London and Westminster improved (1766). In: O'Brien, Gillian and O'Kane, Finola, (eds.) Portraits of the City: Dublin and the Wider World. Dublin, Ireland : Four Courts Press. pp. 76-90. ISBN 9781846823466
Dodsworth, Francis (2011) Mobility and civility: police and the formation of the modern city. In: Bridge, Gary and Watson, Sophie, (eds.) The New Blackwell Companion to the City. Oxford, U.K. : Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 235-244. ISBN 9781405189811
Dodsworth, Francis (2008) Governing conduct: law, order and violence. In: McFall, Liz , Du Gay, Paul and Carter, Simon, (eds.) Conduct: sociology and social worlds. Manchester, U.K. : Manchester University Press. pp. 121-151. ISBN 9780719078132
Dodsworth, Francis (2007) Masculinity as governance: police, public service and the embodiment of authority, c. 1700-1850. In: McCormack, Matthew, (ed.) Public men: masculinity and politics in modern Britain. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 33-53. ISBN 9780230007635