About the Author
Peter Hamilton is Lecturer in Sociology at The Open University. He played a key role in developing sociology at The Open University, and in sociology publishing more generally. His recent publications include "The Beautiful and the Damned" (with Roger Hargreaves) (2001).
Kenneth Thompson is Professor in Sociology at The Open University. He was one of the founders of sociology at The Open University and is co-President of the International Sociological Association Research Committee on Sociological Theory. His previous publications include "Moral Panics" (1999).