Les Back

I have been teaching in the Sociology Department at Goldsmiths, University of London since 1993. Prior to that I taught at the University of Birmingham in the Cultural Studies department and before that worked as a contract researcher at Birkbeck College and the Institute of Education.

I was a student at Goldsmiths during the early 1980s and did my PhD there in the anthropology department.  My main areas of academic interest are the sociology of racism, multiculture, popular culture, music and sound studies and city life. This idea emerges out of a wider interest in trying to find different kinds of modes of writing but also in the opportunities offered by digital culture.  I was the coordinator of the Live Sociology programme that offered training in the use of multi-media to qualitative researchers a project funded Economic and Social Research Council.  Some of the ideas for the diary emerged during that time.  I have also written journalism for the Guardian, Times Higher Educational Supplement, Opendemocracy, Eurozine  as well as music writing for magazines and liner notes for CDs.  I contribute regularly to the British Sociological Association's Sociology and the Cuts blog.


If you are interested in my other books these include: The Art of Listening (Berg, 2007); Auditory Cultures Reader with Michael Bull (Berg 2003), Out of Whiteness with Vron Ware, (University of Chicago, 2002); The Changing Face of Football: Racism and Multiculture in the English Soccer, with Tim Crabbe and John Solomos (Berg, 2001); New Ethnicities and Urban Culture: Racisms and Multiculture in Young Lives (University College Press, 1996); Race Politics and Social Change, with John Solomos (Routledge, 1995); Racism and Society, with John Solomos (Macmillan, 1995). You can find links to some of them in the Leads and Tips section of the Diary.

I live in south London.

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