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Name  Les Back

Role  Author
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Education  Goldsmiths, University of London
People also search for  John Solomos, Michael Bull, Vron Ware, Kalbir Shukra
Books  The Art of Listening, New Ethnicities and Urba, The Changing Face of F, Cultural Sociology: An Introd, New Ethnicities And Urba

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Les Back (Born 17 December 1962) is a professor of sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London and an author.


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Les Back was born in Croydon in south London and studied at both undergraduate and postgraduate level at Goldsmiths, University of London. He received a PhD in social anthropology in 1991. He subsequently worked at the Institute of Education, Birkbeck College and the Department of Cultural Studies, University of Birmingham before returning to Goldsmiths in 1993.

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Back is the author of the The Art of Listening (2007), ''Out of Whiteness: Color, Politics and Culture (2003 with Vron Ware), The Changing Face of Football: Racism, Identity and Multicuture in the English Game (2001) with T Crabbe and J. Solomos, New Ethnicities and Urban Culture: Racisms and Multiculture in Young Lives(1996), Racism and Society (1996 with John Solomos) and Race, Politics and Social Change (1995 with John Solomos). In addition he has edited three volumes The Auditory Cultures Reader (2003 with Michael Bull), Theories of Race and Racism: A Reader (2000 with John Solomos) and (1993) (co-editor with Anoop Nayak) Invisible Europeans?: Black people in the ‘New Europe’ (1993 with Anoop Nayak).

Back's work focuses on the issues of race, racism, popular culture and belonging, discussed with ethnographic research often based in south London. He also writes journalism contributing regularly to The Guardian, Times Higher Educational Supplement and the New Humanist as well as contributing to on-line magazines including and Eurozine.


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