Research Profile

Colin Sumner

Biography

Author of two classic books within sociology, Reading Ideologies (1979) and The Sociology of Deviance: an Obituary (1994), Colin Sumner lectured in sociology at Cambridge for many years, in its Institute of Criminology and SPS Department, was a Fellow of Wolfson College and Hughes Hall, and later became Professor of Criminology and  Head of the Law School at the University of East London. His academic work includes 6 innovative edited collections (e.g. Crime, Justice and Underdevelopment, 1982, and with his grad students in 1990 Censure, Politics and Criminal Justice); several invited Visiting Professorships (e.g. Barcelona, Hamburg, Simon Fraser, Queen's, Kingston, Chinese University of Hong Kong); an invited plenary at a World Congress in another discipline (Philosophy); frequent translations and reprints of his work; an honorary MA from Cambridge for teaching services, mostly at postgraduate level; several prestigious External Examinerships; the creation and launch of 3 criminology degree programmes; and a conference on his life's work in London, in 2015.

In his early career, Colin took an LLB from Birmingham, an LLM in Criminology and PhD in Sociology/Social Theory/Communication Studies from Sheffield. He left law teaching, and taught philosophy of social science and sociology of deviance at Sheffield Polytechnic, as part of the team that developed the first major degree offering in Socio-Legal Studies in the UK. From there he was a Lecturer in Sociology at UCW, Aberystwyth from 1974-7, teaching social theory and the sociology of crime and deviance. 

Research Interests

Sociology of social censures, sociology of crime and deviance, social theory, criminology, media studies, and sociology of law. 

Publications

Books

 YearPublication
(1994)Sociology of Deviance: an Obituary.
Colin Sumner (1994) Sociology of Deviance: an Obituary. Milton Keynes: Open University Press. [Details]
(1979)Reading Ideologies.
Colin Sumner (1979) Reading Ideologies. London and New York: Academic Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2015)'Critical realism, overdetermination and social censure'
Colin Sumner (2015) 'Critical realism, overdetermination and social censure' In: What is Criminology About? Philosophical Reflections. Abingdon: Routledge. [Details]
(2015)'Criminology through the looking glass'
Colin Sumner (2015) 'Criminology through the looking glass' In: Amatrudo, A. & Rauxloh, R.E (eds). Law in Popular Belief: Myth and Reality. Manchester: Manchester UP. [Details]
(2014)'Measure for Measure: justice in the society of censure'
Colin Sumner (2014) 'Measure for Measure: justice in the society of censure' In: Michael Hviid Jacobsen (eds). The Poetics of Crime. Farnham: Ashgate. [Details]
(2012)'Censure, culture and political economy: beyond the death of deviance debate'
Colin Sumner (2012) 'Censure, culture and political economy: beyond the death of deviance debate' In: New Directions in Criminological Theory. Abingdon: Routledge. [Details]
(2007)'Law and the legitimation in the advanced capitalist state: the jurisprudence and social theory of Jurgen Habermans'
Colin Sumner (2007) 'Law and the legitimation in the advanced capitalist state: the jurisprudence and social theory of Jurgen Habermans' In: Legality, Ideology and the State. London: Routledge. [Details]
(2006)'Censure, criminolgy and politics'
Colin Sumner (2006) 'Censure, criminolgy and politics' In: Contornos y Pliegues del Derecho. Barcelona: Anthropos. [Details]
(2001)'Entries on Deviance and Social Censure'
Colin Sumner (2001) 'Entries on Deviance and Social Censure' In: The Sage Dictionary of Criminology. London: Sage. [Details]
(2000)'From militaristic to civil policing: a general view'
Colin Sumner (2000) 'From militaristic to civil policing: a general view' In: Policing a Multicultural Democracy. Quezon City, Philippines: Institute of International Studies. [Details]
(1990)'Introduction: contemporary socialist criminology'
Colin Sumner (1990) 'Introduction: contemporary socialist criminology' In: Colin Sumner (eds). Censure, Politics and Criminal Justice. Milton Keynes: Open UP. [Details]
(1997)'Social Control and Political Order: European Perspectives at the end of the Century'
Colin Sumner (1997) 'Social Control and Political Order: European Perspectives at the end of the Century' In: Social control: the history and politics of a central concept in Anglo-American sociology. London: Sage. [Details]
(1997)'The decline of social control and the rise of vocabularies of struggle. Social Control and Political Order: European Perspectives at the end of the Century'
Colin Sumner (1997) 'The decline of social control and the rise of vocabularies of struggle. Social Control and Political Order: European Perspectives at the end of the Century' In: European Perspectives at the end of the Century. London: Sage. [Details]
(1997)'Violence, Culture and Censure'
Colin Sumner (1997) 'Violence, Culture and Censure' In: Introduction: The violence of censure and the censure of violence. London: Taylor& Francis. [Details]
(1997)'Censure, crime and state'
Colin Sumner (1997) 'Censure, crime and state' In: The Oxford Handbook of Criminology. Oxford: Clarendon Press. [Details]
(1991)'Crime, justice and underdevelopment: beyond modernisation theory'
Colin Sumner (1991) 'Crime, justice and underdevelopment: beyond modernisation theory' In: Modern Sociology, 3rd ed. London: Penguin. [Details]
(1990)'.Foucault, gender and the censure of deviance'
Colin Sumner (1990) '.Foucault, gender and the censure of deviance' In: Feminist Perspectives in Criminology. Milton Keynes: Open UP. [Details]
(1990)'Censure, Politics and Criminal Justice.Rethinking deviance: towards a sociology of censure'
Colin Sumner (1990) 'Censure, Politics and Criminal Justice.Rethinking deviance: towards a sociology of censure' In: Censure, Politics and Criminal Justice. Milton Keynes: Open UP. [Details]
(1990)'Reflections on a soiological theory of criminal justice'
Colin Sumner (1990) 'Reflections on a soiological theory of criminal justice' In: Censure, Politics and Criminal Justice. Oxford: Open UP. [Details]
(1990)'The press censure of 'dissident minorities' : the ideology of parliamentary democracy, Thatcherism and Policing the Crisis'
Colin Sumner (1990) 'The press censure of 'dissident minorities' : the ideology of parliamentary democracy, Thatcherism and Policing the Crisis' In: Censure, Politics and Criminal Justice. Oxford: Open UP. [Details]
(1983)'Legality, Ideology and the State. Law and the legitimation in the advanced capitalist state: the jurisprudence and social theory of Jurgen Habermans'
Colin Sumner (1983) 'Legality, Ideology and the State. Law and the legitimation in the advanced capitalist state: the jurisprudence and social theory of Jurgen Habermans' In: Legality, Ideology and the State. London: Academic Press. [Details]
(1982)'Crime, justice and underdevelopment: beyond modernisation theory'
Colin Sumner (1982) 'Crime, justice and underdevelopment: beyond modernisation theory' In: Crime and Justice in Mass Media. Cambridge: Institute of Criminology. [Details]
(1980)'Law and sociology: the cases for partnership'
Colin Sumner (1980) 'Law and sociology: the cases for partnership' In: Teaching Law. Durham: Association of Law Teachers. [Details]
(1983)'Rethinking deviance:towards a sociology of censure'
Colin Sumner (1983) 'Rethinking deviance:towards a sociology of censure' In: Research in Law, Deviance and Social control, Vol 5. Greenwich, Conn: JAI Press. [Details]
(1976)'Marxism and deviancy theory'
Colin Sumner (1976) 'Marxism and deviancy theory' In: Sociology of Crime and Delinquency in Britain,Vol2: The New Criminologies. London: Martin Robertson. [Details]
(1973)'Law and sociology: the cases for partnership'
Colin Sumner (1973) 'Law and sociology: the cases for partnership' In: The Law Teacher. Durham: Association of Law Teachers. [Details]

Edited Books

 YearPublication
(2004)
Colin Sumner (Ed.). (2004) The Blackwell Companion to Criminology. Oxford, Malden & Victoria: Blackwell. [Details]
(1998)
Colin Sumner and Harry Lorenzo (Ed.). (1998) Policing in a Multicultural Democracy. xxxxx: xxxx. [Details]
(1997)
Colin Sumner (Ed.). (1997) Violence, Censure and Culture. London: Taylor and Francis. [Details]
(1997)
Roberto Bergalli and Colin Sumner (Ed.). (1997) Social Control and Political Order. London: Sage. [Details]
(1990)
Colin Sumner (Ed.). (1990) Censure, Politics and Criminal Justice. Buckingham: Open University Press. [Details]
(1982)
Colin Sumner (Ed.). (1982) Crime, Justice & the Mass Media. University of Cambridge: Cropwood Conference Series. [Details]
(1982)
Colin Sumner (Ed.). (1982) Crime, Justice and Underdevelopment. London: Heinemann. [Details]

Book Reviews

 YearPublication
(2014)Goode's Justifiable Conduct.
Colin Sumner (2014) Goode's Justifiable Conduct. Book Reviews [Details]
(1987)Mahabir's Crime and Nation-building in the Caribbean.
Colin Sumner (1987) Mahabir's Crime and Nation-building in the Caribbean. Book Reviews [Details]
(1984)Jones's Crime, Race and Culture.
Colin Sumner (1984) Jones's Crime, Race and Culture. Book Reviews [Details]
(1983)Shelley's Crime and Modernization and Readings in Comparative Criminology.
Colin Sumner (1983) Shelley's Crime and Modernization and Readings in Comparative Criminology. Book Reviews [Details]
(1981)Phillips's Marx and Engels on Law and Laws.
Colin Sumner (1981) Phillips's Marx and Engels on Law and Laws. Book Reviews [Details]
(1981)Burman & Beharrel-Bond's The Imposition of Law.
Colin Sumner (1981) Burman & Beharrel-Bond's The Imposition of Law. Book Reviews [Details]
(1980)Rennie's The Search for Criminal Man and L. Steffell The Law and the Dangerous Criminal.
Colin Sumner (1980) Rennie's The Search for Criminal Man and L. Steffell The Law and the Dangerous Criminal. Book Reviews [Details]
(1979)Solomon's Soviet Criminologists and Penal Policy.
Colin Sumner (1979) Solomon's Soviet Criminologists and Penal Policy. Book Reviews [Details]
(1979)Stockdale's A History of Bedford Prison.
Colin Sumner (1979) Stockdale's A History of Bedford Prison. Book Reviews [Details]
(1975)Podgorecki's Law and Society.
Colin Sumner (1975) Podgorecki's Law and Society. Book Reviews [Details]
(1975)Seitzinger & T. Kelley's Police Terminology.
Colin Sumner (1975) Seitzinger & T. Kelley's Police Terminology. Book Reviews [Details]
(1974)Freeman's The Legal Structure.
Colin Sumner (1974) Freeman's The Legal Structure. Book Reviews [Details]
(1974)Cohen & Young's The Manufacture of News.
Colin Sumner (1974) Cohen & Young's The Manufacture of News. Book Reviews [Details]

Editorship

 YearPublication
(1997)Theoretical Criminology.
Colin Sumner and Piers Beirne (1997) Theoretical Criminology. London: Editorship [Details]

Electronic Journals

 YearPublication
(2014)Crime Talk.
Editor & Proprietor (2014) Crime Talk. Electronic Journals [Details]
(2013)Different class: Duncan Smith, Tevez, Thatcher and cultural capital.
Colin Sumner (2013) Different class: Duncan Smith, Tevez, Thatcher and cultural capital. Electronic Journals [Details]
(2013)A primitive Catholic state? Ireland, discriplinary power and the Magdalenes.
Colin Sumner (2013) A primitive Catholic state? Ireland, discriplinary power and the Magdalenes. Electronic Journals [Details]
(2013)Crime Talk.
Editor & Proprietor (2013) Crime Talk. Electronic Journals [Details]
(2012)Crime Talk.
Editor & Proprietor (2012) Crime Talk. Electronic Journals [Details]
(2012)2012: more convulsions in authority or a reassertion of the old order?.
Colin Sumner (2012) 2012: more convulsions in authority or a reassertion of the old order?. Electronic Journals [Details]
(2012)HSBC admits money laundering for drug cartels, terrorists and rogue states.
Colin Sumner (2012) HSBC admits money laundering for drug cartels, terrorists and rogue states. Electronic Journals [Details]
(2012)It's not just cricket: the Riots Report.
Colin Sumner (2012) It's not just cricket: the Riots Report. Electronic Journals [Details]
(2012)Racism in the Met: memories from the 1980's.
Colin Sumner (2012) Racism in the Met: memories from the 1980's. Electronic Journals [Details]
(2012)Business and academic journal publishing.
Colin Sumner (2012) Business and academic journal publishing. Electronic Journals [Details]
(2012)Insecure Knowledge.
Colin Sumner (2012) Insecure Knowledge. Electronic Journals [Details]
(2012)Moral standards in the city.
Colin Sumner (2012) Moral standards in the city. Electronic Journals [Details]
(2012)Public engagement, mass media and science.
Colin Sumner (2012) Public engagement, mass media and science. Electronic Journals [Details]
(2012)Media, Policing and Politics pts. 1, 2 & 3.
Colin Sumner (2012) Media, Policing and Politics pts. 1, 2 & 3. Electronic Journals [Details]
(2012)Academic journals: an open and shut case.
Colin Sumner (2012) Academic journals: an open and shut case. Electronic Journals [Details]
(2011)Harold Garfinkel, norms,conflict and change.
Colin Sumner (2011) Harold Garfinkel, norms,conflict and change. Electronic Journals [Details]
(2011)Regulating the banks:2019 to reform- impact on crime?.
Colin Sumner (2011) Regulating the banks:2019 to reform- impact on crime?. Electronic Journals [Details]
(2011)Riots aggravated shopping and 30 years of opportunism.
Colin Sumner (2011) Riots aggravated shopping and 30 years of opportunism. Electronic Journals [Details]
(2011)Banking immoralities: rediscovering the ' moral economy'.
Colin Sumner (2011) Banking immoralities: rediscovering the ' moral economy'. Electronic Journals [Details]
(2011)Rising suicide rates in Greece.
Colin Sumner (2011) Rising suicide rates in Greece. Electronic Journals [Details]
(2011)Distrust of bank's and government: implications for criminology.
Colin Sumner (2011) Distrust of bank's and government: implications for criminology. Electronic Journals [Details]
(2011)Rage and riots: the Mexican wave that began in Tunisia.
Colin Sumner (2011) Rage and riots: the Mexican wave that began in Tunisia. Electronic Journals [Details]
(2011)Academic fraud or just the usual simulation.
Colin Sumner (2011) Academic fraud or just the usual simulation. Electronic Journals [Details]
(2011)Football, political correctness and the Suarez case.
Colin Sumner (2011) Football, political correctness and the Suarez case. Electronic Journals [Details]
(2011)CrimeTalk.
Editor & Proprietor (2011) CrimeTalk. North Somercotes: Electronic Journals [Details]
(2010)Crime Talk.
Editor & Proprietor (2010) Crime Talk. Electronic Journals [Details]

Invited Lectures

 YearPublication
(1998)Thinking the relationship between crime and society: transformations and developments in the twentieth century.
Colin Sumner (1998) Thinking the relationship between crime and society: transformations and developments in the twentieth century. Invited Lectures [Details]

Journal Volume Edited

 YearPublication
(1997)Buffalo Criminal Law Review.
Editorial Board (1997) Buffalo Criminal Law Review. Journal Volume Edited [Details]
(1991)Social and Legal Studies.
Editorial Board (1991) Social and Legal Studies. Journal Volume Edited [Details]
(1990)Journal of Human Justice.
Editorial Board (1990) Journal of Human Justice. Journal Volume Edited [Details]
(1980)Int. Jo. of Sociol. of Law.
Editorial Board (1980) Int. Jo. of Sociol. of Law. Journal Volume Edited [Details]
(1979)Contemporary Crises.
Editorial Board (1979) Contemporary Crises. Journal Volume Edited [Details]

Serial (Book, Monograph)

 YearPublication
(1994)Lawyers in a Postmodern World.
Colin Sumner (1994) Lawyers in a Postmodern World. Serial (Book, Monograph) [Details]
(1992)Television and the Drama of Crime.
Sparks, R. (1992) Television and the Drama of Crime. Serial (Book, Monograph) [Details]
(1992)Corruption and Politics in Hong Kong and China.
Wing Lo, T. (1992) Corruption and Politics in Hong Kong and China. Serial (Book, Monograph) [Details]
(1991)Reading the Riot Act: The Magistracy, The Police and the Army in Civil Disorder.
Vogler, R (1991) Reading the Riot Act: The Magistracy, The Police and the Army in Civil Disorder. Serial (Book, Monograph) [Details]
(1991)Imperial Policing: The Emergence and Role of the Police in Colonial Nigeria 1860-1960.
Ahire, P.T. (1991) Imperial Policing: The Emergence and Role of the Police in Colonial Nigeria 1860-1960. Serial (Book, Monograph) [Details]
(1990)The Enemy Without: Policing and Class Consciousness in the Miner's Strike.
Green, P. (1990) The Enemy Without: Policing and Class Consciousness in the Miner's Strike. Serial (Book, Monograph) [Details]
(1990)The Enemy Without: Policing and Class Consciousness in the Miner's Strike.
Green, P. (1990) The Enemy Without: Policing and Class Consciousness in the Miner's Strike. Serial (Book, Monograph) [Details]
(1990)Feminist Perspectives in Criminology.
Gelsthorpe, L and Morris, A. (1990) Feminist Perspectives in Criminology. Serial (Book, Monograph) [Details]
(1990)Censure, Politics and Criminal Justice.
Colin Sumner (1990) Censure, Politics and Criminal Justice. Serial (Book, Monograph) [Details]
(1988)New Directions in Criminology.
Colin Sumner (1988) New Directions in Criminology. Serial (Book, Monograph) [Details]

Translations

 YearPublication
(2012)La Sociologia de la Desviacion.
Colin Sumner (2012) La Sociologia de la Desviacion. North Somercotes: Translations [Details]
(2002)Repensando el concepto de control social.
Colin Sumner (2002) Repensando el concepto de control social. Translations [Details]
(1996)La decadencia del control social. Delito y Sociedad.
Colin Sumner (1996) La decadencia del control social. Delito y Sociedad. Translations [Details]
(1996)Criminalisation, collaboration and social comfort. Franco-British Studies.
Colin Sumner (1996) Criminalisation, collaboration and social comfort. Franco-British Studies. Translations [Details]
(1995)Censura, sultura e pena. Dei Delitti e delle Pene.
Colin Sumner (1995) Censura, sultura e pena. Dei Delitti e delle Pene. Translations [Details]
(1991)Das Konzept der Devianz neu uberdacht: Zu Einer Soziologie der censures. Kriminologische Journal.
Colin Sumner (1991) Das Konzept der Devianz neu uberdacht: Zu Einer Soziologie der censures. Kriminologische Journal. Translations [Details]
(1991)Ideology and Law: some reflections on postmodernist sociology and the ideological character of criminal justice. Onati Proceedings.
Colin Sumner (1991) Ideology and Law: some reflections on postmodernist sociology and the ideological character of criminal justice. Onati Proceedings. Translations [Details]
(1990)Rethinking deviance:towards a sociology of censure.
Colin Sumner (1990) Rethinking deviance:towards a sociology of censure. Translations [Details]
(1985)Él abandano de la téoria de las desviación. Revista Cenipec.
Colin Sumner (1985) Él abandano de la téoria de las desviación. Revista Cenipec. Translations [Details]
(1981)Pashukanis and the ''jurisprudence of terror''. Insurgent Sociologist.
Colin Sumner (1981) Pashukanis and the ''jurisprudence of terror''. Insurgent Sociologist. Translations [Details]
(1981)The rule of law and civil rights in contemporary Marxis theory. Kapitalistate.
Colin Sumner (1981) The rule of law and civil rights in contemporary Marxis theory. Kapitalistate. Translations [Details]
(1981)Race, crime and hegemony. Contemporary Crises.
Colin Sumner (1981) Race, crime and hegemony. Contemporary Crises. Translations [Details]

Research Report

 YearPublication
(1973)The Press Reporting of Political Demonstrations: A Semiological Analysis.
Colin Sumner (1973) The Press Reporting of Political Demonstrations: A Semiological Analysis. Research Report [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
1995MA, Cambridge University University of Cambridge
2004Nominated for Lifetime Award, ASC, International Division American Society of Ccriminology

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
CrimeTalk Proprietor and Editor03-JAN-11 / 30-OCT-14

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Academic Council member2014 / 2014
Department's Budget & Strategy Committee member2012 / 2014
School Executive Committee Chair2013 / 2014
College Executive Management Committee member2013 / 2014

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
UCC Head of School of Sociology & Philosophy01-NOV-13 / 30-OCT-14
UCC Senior Lecturer in Sociology01-AUG-12 / 30-OCT-14
University of Salford Visiting Professor of Criminology01-SEP-00 / 31-MAY-02
University of East London Professor of Criminology & Head of School of Law01-SEP-95 / 01-JAN-00
University of Cambridge Lecturer in Sociology12-SEP-77 / 31-AUG-95
University College of Wales, Aberystwyth Lecturer in Sociology09-SEP-74 / 12-SEP-77
Sheffield Polytechnic Lecturer in Law & Research Assistant in Socio-Legal Studies07-SEP-70 / 30-AUG-74

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
1976University of Sheffield PhDSociology/Social Theory/Communication Studies
1972University of Sheffield LLMCriminology
1970University of Birmingham LLBLaw

Outreach Activities

 Description

Many External Examinerships, on degrees and for PhDs, notably re degrees:
- Warwick University 1980-4, new BA in Law and Society
- University of Dar-es Salaam 1982-4, LLB
- University of Hong Kong, 1992-5, Criminology
- Queen Mary College, London, 1997-9, LLM Theoretical Criminology

Other Activities

 Description

Conference paper: "Images of Deviance". A plenary given by invitation to the Accusing Images: Visual Sociology conference, Keele University, March 2013

Assessor, Welsh Funding Council [HEFCW], 1995.

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