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Professor Roger Davidson
M.A., Cert. Ed., Ph.D, F.R.Hist.S.
Professor Emeritus in History; History
I graduated in history from St Catharine’s College, Cambridge in 1964, where I also undertook my doctorate during 1967-70. I was appointed to a Lectureship in Economic and Social History at the University of Edinburgh in 1970, and was subsequently promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1984, Reader in 1996, and to a Personal Chair in Social History in 2002.
I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a former Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, and a registered practitioner of the Higher Education Academy
I was editor of Social History of Medicine from 2000 to 2004 and a former member of the Scottish Records Advisory Council.
Summary of research interestsPlaces:
- Britain & Ireland
- Medicine, Science & Technology
- Twentieth Century & After
My research interests focus on the history of the State’s response to sexual issues in late 20th century Britain, with especial reference to the Scottish experience.
Current research activities
I am currently completing a co-authored book on ‘The Sexual State: Sexuality and Scottish Governance 1950-80’ to be published by Edinburgh University Press in 2012. It explores policy making with respect to a range of issues relating to sexual offences, sexual health, sexual reproduction, and censorship.
My forthcoming book completes a 12 year research project funded by the Wellcome Trust and facilitated by a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship.
|Roger Davidson, (with Gayle Davis), The Sexual State: Sexuality and Scottish Governance 1950-80 (Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 2012).|
Roger Davidson, Co-editor (with Lutz Sauerteig), Shaping Sexual Knowledge: A Cultural History of Sex Education in 20th Century Europe (London, Routledge, 2009)
Roger Davidson, Co-editor (with Lesley Hall) Sex, Sin and Suffering: Venereal Disease and European Society since 1870 (London, Routledge, 2001). Roger Davidson, Dangerous Liaisons: A Social History of Venereal Disease in Twentieth Century Scotland (Amsterdam/Atlanta, Rodopi, 2000). Roger Davidson, Co-editor (with Phil White) of Information and Government: Studies in the Dynamics of Policy-Making (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1988). Roger Davidson, Whitehall and the Labour Problem in Late-Victorian and Edwardian Britain (London: Croom Helm, 1985).
Articles and book chapters
Roger Davidson, ‘Law, Medicine and the Treatment of Homosexual Offenders in Scotland 1950-80’, in I. Goold and C. Kelly (eds), Lawyers’ Medicine (Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2009). Reprinted in M. Freeman et al (eds), Medicine, Law and Public Policy in Scotland c.1850-1990 (Dundee, Dundee University Press, 2011)
Roger Davidson, ‘Psychiatry and Homosexuality in Mid-Twentieth Century Edinburgh: The View from Jordanburn Nerve Hospital, History of Psychiatry, 20 (2009), 1-22.
Roger Davidson, ‘”The Cautionary Tale of Tom”: The Male Homosexual Experience of Scottish Medicine in the 1970s and early 1980s’, Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, 28 (2008), 122-38.
Roger Davidson, (with Gayle Davis), 'Sexuality and the State: The Campaign for Scottish Homosexual Law Reform, 1967-80', Comtemporary British History, 20 (2006), 43-68. Roger Davidson, (with Gayle Davis), ‘“The Fifth Freedom” or “Hideous, Atheistic Expediency”?: The Medical Profession and Abortion Law Reform in Scotland, c.1960-1975’, Medical History 50 (2005), 29-48. Roger Davidson, (with Gayle Davis), ‘“This Thorniest of Problems”: School Sex Education Policy in Scotland 1939-80’, Scottish Historical Review, 84 (2005), 221-46.
Roger Davidson, (with Gayle Davis), '"Big White Chief", "Pontius Pilate", and the "Plumber": The Impact of the 1967 Abortion Act on the Scottish Medical Community, c. 1967-1980', Social History of Medicine, 18 (2005), 283-306. Roger Davidson, ‘The Sexual State: Sexuality and Scottish Governance, 1950-80’, Journal of the History of Sexuality, 13 (2004), 500-21. Roger Davidson, (with Gayle Davis), ‘”A Festering Sore on the Body of Society”: The Wolfenden Committee and Female Prostitution in Mid-Twentieth-Century Scotland’, Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, 24 (2005), 80-98. Roger Davidson, ‘Interpreting the “Great Scourge”: Approaches to the History of Venereal Disease in Modern European Society’, in A. Andresen, K. T. Elvbakken and W. H. Hubbard (eds.), Public Health and Preventive Medicine, 1800-2000: Knowledge, Co-operation and Conflict (Bergen, Rokken Centre, 2004). Roger Davidson, (with Gayle Davis), ‘”A Field for Private Members”: The Wolfenden Committee and Scottish Homosexual Law Reform', 1950-67’, Twentieth Century British History, 15 (2004), 174-201. [View Article] Roger Davidson, “This Pernicious Delusion”: Law, Medicine and Child Sexual Abuse in Early Twentieth-Century Scotland’, Journal of the History of Sexuality, 10 (2001), 62-77. [View Article] Roger Davidson, “Reservoirs of Infection”: Gender, Morality and the Social Epidemiology of VD in Twentieth-Century Scotland’, in L-G. Tedebrand (ed.), Sex, State and Society: Comparative Perspectives on the history of Sexuality (Umea, Umea University Press, 2000). Roger Davidson, ‘VD Propaganda, sexual hygiene and the state in interwar Scotland’, in B. Taite and T. Thornton (eds.), Propaganda: Political Rhetoric and Identity, 1300-2000 (Stroud, 1999), 183-99. Roger Davidson, ‘The culture of compulsion: venereal disease, sexuality and the state in twentieth-century Scotland’, in F. Eder, L. Hall and G. Hekma (eds.), Sexual Cultures in Europe: Volume II, Themes in Sexuality (Manchester, 1999), 58-75. Roger Davidson, ‘Venereal disease, public health and social control: the Scottish experience in a comparative perspective’, Dynamis: Acta Hispanica ad Medicinae Scientarumque Historiam Illustrandam, 17 (1997), 341-68. Roger Davidson, ‘Fighting “the deadly scourge”: the impact of World War II on civilian VD policy in Scotland’, Scottish Historical Review, 75 (1996), 72-97. Roger Davidson, ‘“Searching for Mary Glasgow”: contact tracing for sexually transmitted diseases in twentieth century Scotland’, Social History of Medicine, 9 (1996), 195-214. Roger Davidson, ‘Official labour statistics: a historical perspective’, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A, 158, Pt 1 (1995), 165-73. Roger Davidson, ‘Venereal disease, sexual morality and the state in interwar Scotland’, Journal of the History of Sexuality, 5 (1994), 267-94. Roger Davidson, ‘The state and social investigation in Britain, 1880-1914’, in M.J. Lacey and M.O. Furner (eds.), The State and Social Investigation in Britain and the United States (Cambridge, 1993), 242-75. Roger Davidson, ‘Measuring "the social evil”: the incidence of venereal disease in inter-war Scotland’, Medical History, 37 (1993), 167-86. Roger Davidson, ‘“A scourge to be firmly gripped”: the campaign for VD controls in interwar Scotland’, Social History of Medicine, 6 (1993), 213-35. Roger Davidson, ‘The genesis of British labour statistics’, Employment Gazette (Department of Employment, December 1993). Roger Davidson, ‘The social survey in historical perspective: a governmental perspective’, in M. Bulmer, K. Bales and K. Sklar (eds.), The Social Survey in Historical Perspective (Cambridge, 1991; reprinted 2011). Roger Davidson, ‘La formation du Labour Department. Le département du travail et la question ouvriére en Grande-Bretagne de la fin de la periode victorienne à la période édouardienne’, Genèses, 2 (1990), 56-82. Roger Davidson, ‘Social intelligence and the origins of the welfare state’, in R. Davidson and P. White (eds.), Information and Government (Edinburgh, 1988), 38-62. Roger Davidson, ‘Treasury control and labour intelligence in Late-Victorian and Edwardian Britain’, Historical Journal, 28 (1985), 719-26. Roger Davidson, ‘Labour intelligence and industrial relations policy, 1886-1914’, Industrial Relations Journal, 16 (1985), 60-6. Roger Davidson, ‘Government administration’, in C.J. Wrigley (ed.), The History of British Industrial Relations, 1875-1914 (Brighton, 1982), 159-83. Roger Davidson, ‘The ideology of labour administration, 1886-1914’, Labour History Bulletin, 40 (1980), 29-35. Roger Davidson, ‘Social conflict and social administration: the Conciliation Act in British industrial relations’, in T.C. Smout (ed.), The Search for Wealth and Stability (London, 1979), 175-97. Roger Davidson, ‘The Board of Trade and industrial relations, 1896-1914’, Historical Journal, 21 (1978), 571-91. Roger Davidson, ‘Wartime labour policy, 1914-1916: a reappraisal’, Scottish Labour History Journal, 8 (1974), 3-20. Roger Davidson, ‘Llewellyn Smith, the Labour Department and government growth’, in G. Sutherland (ed.), Studies in the Growth of Nineteenth Century Government (London, 1972; reprinted 2010).