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Professor Peter Rushton


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Professor of Historical Sociology

I studied Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge before moving to Manchester University for an MA and PhD in Sociology.

My research has always been interdisciplinary in the field of social and sociologically-informed history.

Teaching and supervision

I teach social theory SSC301 Advanced Social Theories, gender and family studies, SSC314 Punishment and society, and at postgraduate Masters level, law and early modern society.

Research interests for potential research students

I am supervising a range of graduate students in the fields of sociology, community and youth work, and history. I have a particular expertise and interest in early modern social history, particularly in the relationship of law and society, crime and punishment.

Research

I have a particular interest in law and early modern English society (1500-1800); crime and punishment in England 1500-present, including transportation of British criminals to the colonies, particularly to America. I am currently working on a book on treason and rebellion in Britain and the early modern Atlantic world.

I have published widely on aspects of the personal and social relations of early modern England, as revealed in legal and administrative records. I have written on witchcraft, problems of marriage and family life, the poor, law and the care of the mentally ill and disabled. With Gwenda Morgan, I have worked on law, crime and punishment in North East England in the 18th century, the transportation of British criminals to the American colonies, and banishment in the British Atlantic world. Increasingly, my work is Anglo-American, drawing upon the records of the British North American and Caribbean colonies in the early modern period. I have recently worked on problems of diaspora and identity under conditions of forced migration.

I am currently working on a study of the comparisons and contrast between the British and French in the early modern Atlantic world, and on treason and rebellion in the British Atlantic before 1800, both for book publication.

I sit on the management committee of the NE England History Institute, and I'm the Publications Secretary.

Publications

Number of items: 37.

Article

Rushton, Peter, Royle, Edward, England, Joe, Rose, Jonathan, Scott, Ian and Shaev, Brian (2019) David Walsh, The Sons of Belial: Protest and Community Change in the North West, 1740-1770, London: Breviary Stuff Publications, 2018, pp260, ISBN 9780992946692. Labour History Review, 84 (3). pp. 295-307. ISSN 1745-8188

Rushton, Peter (2019) Book Review: Indentured Migration and the Servant Trade from London to America, 1618-1718. ‘There is Great Want of Servants’. The London Journal. pp. 1-2. ISSN 1749-6322

Rushton, Peter and Morgan, Gwenda (2015) Arson, Treason and Plot: Britain, America and the Law, 1770-1777. History, 100 (341). pp. 374-391. ISSN 1468-229X

Rushton, Peter (2015) The Rise and Fall of Seditious Words, 1650 to 1750. Northern History, 52 (1). pp. 68-84. ISSN 0078-172X

Rushton, Peter (2015) Caribbean: “Barbadose'd” - The Transportation of Convicts. Convict Voyages.

Morgan, Gwenda and Rushton, Peter (2011) Fraud and Freedom: Gender, Identity and Narratives of Deception among Female Convicts in Colonial America. Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 34 (3). pp. 335-355. ISSN 1754-0194

Morgan, Gwenda and Rushton, Peter (2007) Print Culture, Crime and Transportation in the Criminal Atlantic. Continuity and Change, 22 (1). pp. 49-71. ISSN 02684160

Rushton, Peter and Morgan, Gwenda (2005) Visible bodies; power, subordination and identity in the eighteenth-century Atlantic world. Journal of Social History, 39. pp. 39-64. ISSN 00224529

Morgan, Gwenda and Rushton, Peter (2003) The Magistrate, the Community and the Maintenance of an Orderly Society in Eighteenth-Century England. Historical Research, 76 (191). pp. 54-77. ISSN 0950-3471

Rushton, Peter (1993) Family Survival Strategies in Mid-Victorian Ancoats. Manchester Region History Review, 7. pp. 37-44.

Rushton, Peter (1991) "The Matter in Variance" Adolescents and Domestic Conflict in North East England 1600-1800. Journal of Social History, 25 (1). pp. 89-107.

Rushton, Peter (1989) The Poor Law, the Parish and the Community in the North East England 1600-1800. Northern History, 25. pp. 135-152. ISSN 0078-172X

Rushton, Peter (1988) Lunatics and idiots: mental Disability, the Community and the Poor Law in North East England 1600-1800. Medical History, 32 (1). pp. 34-50.

Book Section

Rushton, Peter (2019) Local Laws, Local Principles: The Paradoxes of Local Legal processes in Early Modern England. In: Law, Lawyers and Litigants in Early Modern English Society: Essays in memory of Christopher W. Brooks. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 185-206. ISBN 9781108491723

Rushton, Peter (2018) ‘Austerity: a Critical History of the Present’. In: Austerity Policies: Bad Ideas in Practice. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 21-43. ISBN 978-3-319-79120-3

Rushton, Peter and Donovan, Catherine (2018) Introduction. In: Austerity Policies: Bad Ideas in Practice. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 1-17. ISBN 9783319791197

Rushton, Peter and Morgan, Gwenda (2018) Parish, River, Region and Nation: Networks of Power in 18th-century Wearside. In: Beyond Coal and Class – Economy and Culture in North-East England, 1500-1800. The Boydell Press, Woodbridge, Suffolk. ISBN 9781783271832

Rushton, Peter and Donovan, Catherine (2018) Introduction: Austerity Policies: Bad Ideas in Practice. In: Austerity Policies: Bad Ideas in Practice. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 1-17. ISBN 978-3-319-79120-3

Rushton, Peter (2013) Exile and Suffering in the Construction of Identity: Narratives of Banishment, Exile and Return in 17th and 18th Century Britain and Ireland. In: Border Crossings: Narration, Nation and Imagination in Scots and Itish Literature and Culture. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 29-54. ISBN 978-1-4438-5229-6

Rushton, Peter (2013) Risk, Identities and Recognition: A History of Dangerous Categories and Categories of Danger. In: Constructing Risky Identities in Policy and Practice. Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, Basingstoke, pp. 21-37. ISBN 9781137276087

Rushton, Peter (2009) Gateshead 1550-1700: Independence against all the Odds? In: Newcastle and Gateshead before 1700. Phillimore & Co Ltd, Chichester, pp. 295-322. ISBN 9781860775796

Rushton, Peter (2007) Law in North-East England: Community, County and Region, 1550-1850. In: Regional Identity in North-East England 1300-2000. Boydell and Brewer, pp. 71-91. ISBN 9781843833352

Rushton, Peter and Morgan, Gwenda (2007) Violence, Social Order and the Absence of "regulation" in working-class communities in eighteenth-century England. In: Assaulting the Past: Placing Violence in Historical Context. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 104-123. ISBN 1847181058

Rushton, Peter (2001) Texts of Authority: Witchcraft Accusations and the Demonstration of Truth in Early Modern England. In: Languages of Witchcraft: Narrative, Ideology and Meaning in Early Modern Culture. Macmillan, pp. 21-39. ISBN 9780333793480

Rushton, Peter (1996) Idiocy, the Family and the Community in Early Modern England. In: Idiocy to Mental Deficiency: Historical Perspectives on People with Learning Disabilities. Routledge, pp. 44-64. ISBN 041511215X

Rushton, Peter (1994) What's in a name? The Invention of Wearside. In: The Paradox of Place: Studies in Urban Continuity and Revival. Avebury Press, pp. 67-80.

Rushton, Peter ‘Austerity: a Critical History of the Present’. In: Austerity Policies: Bad Ideas in Practice. eds P. Rushton and C. Donovan. Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, Basingstoke, pp. 21-43. ISBN 978-3-319-79119-7

Monograph

Rushton, Peter and Morgan, Gwenda (2020) Treason and Rebellion in the British Atlantic, 1685-1800: Legal Responses to Threatening the State. UNSPECIFIED. Bloomsbury Academic, London.

Rushton, Peter (2017) The Myth and Reality of Brexit City: Sunderland and the 2016 Referendum. Working Paper. University of Sunderland.

Conference or Workshop Item

Rushton, Peter and Morgan, Gwenda (2010) Dangerous Words: Sedition and the State in Britain and America, 1660-1800. In: European Social Science History Conference, 13-16 April 2010, Ghent.

Rushton, Peter and Morgan, Gwenda (2009) Boundaries and Frontiers in a Revolutionary War: The Problems of Legal Control in a Time of Treason. In: From Borderlands to Backcountry: Frontier Communities in Comparative Perspective, 5-7 Jul 2009, University of Dundee.

Rushton, Peter (2009) War, Crime and Rebellion; The Problem of Legal Order in the American Revolution. In: War Crimes Conference, 19-21 Feb 2009, Institute of Advanced Legal Study, University of London.

Book

Morgan, Gwenda and Rushton, Peter (2019) The British and French in the Atlantic, 1650-1800: Comparisons and Contrasts. Seminar Studies . Routledge. ISBN 978 1138657588

Morgan, Gwenda and Rushton, Peter (2013) Banishment in the Early Atlantic World: Convicts, Rebels and Slaves. Bloomsbury Academic, London. ISBN 9781441106544

Morgan, Gwenda and Rushton, Peter (2003) Eighteenth-Century Criminal Transportation: the Formation of the Criminal Atlantic. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9780333793381

Morgan, Gwenda and Rushton, Peter (2000) The Justicing Notebook (1750-64) of Edmund Tew, Rector of Boldon. Surtees Society. ISBN 0854440445

Rushton, Peter and Morgan, Gwenda (1998) Rogues, Thieves and the Rule of Law. The Problem of Law Enforcement in North East England 1718-1800. Routledge. ISBN 978-1857281163

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I have a particular interest in the relationship between law, politics and society in the early modern period (1550-1800), as well a more general interest in the history of sociological theory, theories and practices of legal punishment under the criminal law, the relationship between the personal and the political or state framework in family life and policy.

Last updated 29 April 2020

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