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Alan Hunt

Professor Emeritus

Degrees:PhD (Leeds)



Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Anthropology and Law

BA. Hons. in Sociology, LLB PhD Law (University of Leeds, UK)


I am interested in the way in which self-governance interacts with formal governance such as law. I have two current projects. The first is about the relationship between emotions and anxiety; the focus is on the way in which we are “governed through anxiety”, both our own anxieties and those that are induced by medical, legal and other authorities. The second is about the governance of sex and sexuality; it is concerned to explore the paradox of sexual liberation and the vulnerability of heterosexual intimacy.


Sociological and legal theory; governmentality; the regulation of consumption; sex and sexuality.


Moral Panics and Moral Regulation in Sean Hier (ed.) Moral Panics and Moral Regulation University of Toronto Press: Toronto, 2010.

“The Civilizing Process and Emotional Life” in Kevin Walby, Sale Spencer and Alan Hunt (eds.) Emotions Matter University of Toronto Press, 2010.

“The Ideology of Law: Advances and Problems in Recent Applications of the Concept of Ideology to the Analysis of Law” in Susan Eastton (ed.) Consciousness and Ideology Ashgate: Aldershot, 2008.

“Getting Marx and Foucault into Bed Together!” 31:4 Journal of Law and Society 592-609 (December 2004).

Governing Morals: A Social History of Moral Regulation Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1999.

Governance of the Consuming Passions: A History of Sumptuary Regulation Macmillan, London, 1996.

Foucault and Law: Towards a New Sociology of Law as Governance (with Gary Wickham) Westview Press, Boulder, Co., 1994.