Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Dr Sarah Moore

Sarah Moore

LecturerBA, MA, PhD
Director of Studies BSc (Hons) Sociology BSc (Hons) Social Policy BSc (Hons) Social Sciences BSc (Hons) Sociology and Social Policy

3 East 3.33
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 3549

Latest publication

Crime and the Media

Crime and the Media

(Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)


I joined the University of Bath in 2015, having previously held posts at Royal Holloway University of London and Queen’s University, Belfast. My research ranges across the sociology of crime/criminal justice and the sociology of health. What knits these two strands of my research together is an interest in the cultural construction of danger and the social mechanisms of blame, particularly as both relate to women.

My work is influenced by the writing of Mary Douglas and those that take a critical sociological approach to risk. Amongst other things, I have written about young women’s worry about breast cancer, the cultural origin of ‘awareness’ ribbons, cautionary tales in the media, men’s fear of violence, and the rise of a moralising discourse of risk in sex and relationship education.

I am the sole-author of two books. 'Ribbon Culture: Charity, Compassion, and Public Awareness' (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008/2010) is concerned with the commercialisation of charity, the cultural origin of ‘awareness’ campaigns, and the effect of both on the meaning of compassion. It was awarded the British Sociological Association’s Philip Abrams Memorial Prize. My second book, 'Crime and the Media' (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) is interested in the cultural landscape of crime and criminal justice.

Research interests

  • Sexual violence in the media (particularly in relation to blame attribution)
  • Fictional and ‘factual’ depictions of criminal justice processes (particularly the courtroom and police detection)
  • Gender, risk, and health (particularly the origin and implications of health messages/campaigns)
  • The sociology of the everyday (particularly ritual and behaviour in public/semi-public places, both physical and virtual)

Current projects

  • ‘Viral Memes: Neknomination and Beyond’
  • ‘Cameras in the Courtroom: A Cross-Disciplinary Study of the Introduction of Cameras to the Court of Appeal, Criminal Division’
  • Detective Fiction and the Problem of Social Order



Moore, S., Evans, M. and Johnstone, H., 2018. Forthcoming. Detecting the Social: Crime Fiction since 1970. Palgrave Macmillan.

Moore, S. and Newbury, A., 2017. Legal Aid in Crisis:Assessing the Impact of Reform. Policy Press.

Moore, S., 2014. Crime and the Media. Palgrave Macmillan.

Moore, S., 2010. Ribbon Culture:Charity, Compassion, and Public Awareness. Palgrave Macmillan.

Book Sections

Moore, S., 2013. The Cautionary Tale: A New Paradigm for Studying Media Coverage of Crime. In: Petley, J., Critcher, C., Hughes, J. and Rohloff, A., eds. Moral Panics in the Contemporary World. Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 33-50.

Moore, S., 2012. Storytelling as Justice in The Girl who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest, Or In Defence of Inquisitorial Justice. In: Peacock, S., ed. Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Nordic Noir on Page and Screen. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 131-147.


Moore, S., 2017. Towards a sociology of institutional transparency: openness, deception, and the problem of public trust. Sociology

Burgess, A., Miller, V. and Moore, S., 2017. Prestige, Performance, and Social Pressure in Viral Challenge Memes: Neknomination, the Ice Bucket Challenge and SmearForSmear as Imitative Encounters. Sociology

Moore, S. and Breeze, S., 2013. Spaces of Male Fear: Or, the Sexual Politics of Being Watched. British Journal of Criminology, 52 (6), pp. 1172-1191.

Moore, S., 2012. Controlling Passions: A Review of Recent Developments in British Sex Education. Health Risk & Society, 14 (1), pp. 25-40.

Moore, S. and Burgess, A., 2012. Sex and Risk: An Editorial. Health Risk & Society, 14 (1), pp. 1-5.

Moore, S. and Burgess, A., 2011. Risk Rituals? Journal of Risk Research, 14 (1), pp. 111-124.

Moore, S., 2011. Tracing the Life of a Crime Category:The Shifting Meaning of "Date Rape". Feminist Media Studies, 11 (4), pp. 451-465.

Moore, S., 2010. Is the Healthy Body Gendered? Towards a Feminist Critique of the New Paradigm of Health. Body and Society, 16 (2), pp. 95-118.

Moore, S., 2009. Cautionary Tales:The British Media’s Handling of Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault. Crime Media Culture, 5 (3), pp. 305-320.

Adam, B.,, Donovan, P. and Moore, S., 2009. Embodying Uncertainty? Understanding Heightened Risk Perception of Drink 'Spiking'. British Journal of Criminology, 49 (6), pp. 848-862.

Moore, S., 2008. Gender and the 'New Paradigm' of Health. Sociology Compass, 2 (1), pp. 268-280.


Moore, S., 2017. The importance of the advice sector in the context of legal aid cuts.

This list was generated on Sun Oct 22 22:12:56 2017 IST.