Navigation

Les Back BSc PhD

Staff details

PositionProfessor
Department Sociology
Email l.back (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7380
Les Back BSc PhD

Les Back joined the department in 1993. This was something of a return to Goldsmiths for him because he studied at Goldsmiths as both postgraduate and undergraduate during the 1980s. Prior to returning to the college, he 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

Teaching

Up until 2007, he was the Convenor of Postgraduate Research, and coordinated the Research seminars and Workshops and also contributed to the MA in Social Research. He now teaches a second year undergraduate option called Cultural Politics and Globalisation and make contributions to the core undergraduate courses acrossed the degree programme.

Areas of supervision

Race and racism, multiculturalism, urban life, social exclusion, popular culture and music, sport sociology, postcolonial theory, youth and gender, work and institutional racism, visual sociology, health and illness.

Completed PhD students

He has supervised seventeen PhD candidates to completion:

  • Sireita Mullins Post colonial legacies of marginalisation as rendered in the visual works of multiethnic young people in Lambeth , 2011 (Full-time ESRC Case Studentship)
  • Takeshi Arimoto, Body Culture and Nationaliskm in Modernizing Japan 1868 to the 1920s, 2011
  • Alex Rhys-Taylor Coming to Our Senses: A Multisensory Exploration of Class and Multiculture in East London 2011 (full-time ESRC Student)
  • Patrick Turner  Hip Hop Versus rap: An Ethnography of the Cultural Politics of New Hip Hop Practices, 2011 (Full-time ESRC Studentship)
  • Emma Jackson Young Homeless People and Urban Space: Dis/placements, Mobilities and Fixity  2010 (Full-time ESRC Studentship)
  • Polly Haste Tackling the 'difficult' subject: an ethnographic exploration of sexual learning in secondary schools (Full-time ESRC funded student) 2008
  • Emma Nugent Building a Creative Persona, (Full-time ESRC funded student) 2004
  • Yasmeen Narayan Race and Identities, (Full-time ESRC funded student) 2004
  • Alison Rooke Lesbian Geographies, (Full-time ESRC funded student) 2004
  • Jo Hadley Police and Institutional Racism (Full-time ESRC funded student) 2004
  • Roxy Harris New Ethnicities and Language Use, 2004
  • Jo Sadler – Policing and Youth Crime (Full-time ESRC funded student), 2004
  • Hiroki Orasawa – Sectarianism and Football Culture in Scotland, 2003
  • William Henry – Dance Reggae and the Hidden Voice of Black London, 2002 (full ESRC studentship)
  • Colin King – Play the Whiteman: Black Players and the transition to management, 2002
  • Philly Desai – Spaces of Identity, Cultures of Conflict: the development of New British Asian Masculinities (full-time, ESRC studentship) 2000
  • Garry Robson - ‘No One Likes Us...’: Millwallism, class and masculinity in south London (full-time, ESRC Studentship) 1999

Research Interests

Sociology of racism and ethnicity, popular culture and music, urban life, community, social divisions class, social theory and sociological methods.

Publications

Book

The Art of Listening
Back, Les. 2007. The Art of Listening. Berg. ISBN 9781845201210

Out of Whiteness: Color, Politics and Culture
Back, Les and Ware, V.. 2002. Out of Whiteness: Color, Politics and Culture. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 0226873420

The Changing Face of Football: racism, identity and multiculture in the English game
Back, Les; Crabbe, T. and Solomos, J.. 2001. The Changing Face of Football: racism, identity and multiculture in the English game. Berg. ISBN 1859734782

Edited Book

Live Methods
Back, Les and Puwar, Nirmal, eds. 2013. Live Methods. Malden: Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-4443-3959-8

The Auditory Cultures Reader
Back, Les and Bull, M., eds. 2003. The Auditory Cultures Reader. New York: Berg. ISBN 1859736130

Article

Moving Sounds, Controlled Borders: Asylum and the Politics of Culture
Back, Les. 2016. Moving Sounds, Controlled Borders: Asylum and the Politics of Culture. Young, 24(3), pp. 1-16. ISSN 11033088

Why Everyday Life Matters: Class, Community and Making Life Livable
Back, Les. 2015. Why Everyday Life Matters: Class, Community and Making Life Livable. Sociology, 49(5), pp. 820-836. ISSN 0038-0385

Making methods sociable: dialogue, ethics and authorship in qualitative research
Sinha, Shamser and Back, Les. 2014. Making methods sociable: dialogue, ethics and authorship in qualitative research. Qualitative Research, 14(4), pp. 473-487. ISSN 1468-7941

Following Stuart Hall
Back, Les and Moreno Figueroa, Monica. 2014. Following Stuart Hall. City, 18(3), pp. 353-355. ISSN 1360-4813

C. Wright Mills 50 Years On: The Promise and Craft of Sociology Revisited
Gane, Nicholas and Back, Les. 2012. C. Wright Mills 50 Years On: The Promise and Craft of Sociology Revisited. Theory, Culture & Society, 29(7-8), pp. 399-421. ISSN 0263-2764

New hierarchies of belonging
Back, Les; Shamser, Sinha and Charlynne, Bryan. 2012. New hierarchies of belonging. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 15(2), pp. 139-154. ISSN 1367-5494

Trust Your Senses? War, Memory, and the Racist Nervous System
Back, Les. 2011. Trust Your Senses? War, Memory, and the Racist Nervous System. The Senses and Society, 6(3), pp. 306-324. ISSN 1745-8927

Islam and the New Political Landscape: Faith Communities, Political Participation and Social Change
Back, Les; Keith, Michael; Khan, Azra; Shukra, Kalbir and Solomos, J.. 2009. Islam and the New Political Landscape: Faith Communities, Political Participation and Social Change. Theory, Culture and Society, 26(4), pp. 1-24. ISSN 1460-3616

Researching community and its moral projects
Back, Les. 2009. Researching community and its moral projects. 21st Century Society: Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences, 4(2), pp. 201-214. ISSN 1745-0144

Global Attentiveness and the Sociological Ear
Back, Les. 2009. Global Attentiveness and the Sociological Ear. Sociological Research Online, 14(4),

At Home and Not At Home: Stuart Hall in conversation with Les Back
Hall, Stuart and Back, Les. 2009. At Home and Not At Home: Stuart Hall in conversation with Les Back. Cultural Studies, 23(4), pp. 658-688. ISSN 0950 2386

Portrayal and betrayal: Bourdieu, photography and sociological life
Back, Les. 2009. Portrayal and betrayal: Bourdieu, photography and sociological life. The Sociological Review, 57(3), pp. 471-490. ISSN 0038-0261

British Literature in British Universities – A Twenty-first Century Reality?
Anim-Addo, Joan and Back, Les. 2008. British Literature in British Universities – A Twenty-first Century Reality? English Subject Centre Newsletter(15), pp. 10-14.

An ordinary virtue
Back, Les. 2008. An ordinary virtue. New Jewish Thought,

Sociologists Talking
Back, Les. 2008. Sociologists Talking. Sociological Research Online, 13(6),

Straende und Friedhoefe. Die Gespenster der europaeischen Grenzen
Back, Les. 2008. Straende und Friedhoefe. Die Gespenster der europaeischen Grenzen. Wespennest, 152, pp. 106-109.

Beaches and graveyards: Europe's haunted borders
Back, Les. 2008. Beaches and graveyards: Europe's haunted borders. Eurozine,

Written in Stone: Black writing and Goldsmiths College
Back, Les. 2007. Written in Stone: Black writing and Goldsmiths College. Sociology Working Papers, pp. 1-11.

Voices from the sidewalk: ethnography and writing race
Dunneier, Mitchell and Back, Les. 2006. Voices from the sidewalk: ethnography and writing race. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 29(3), pp. 543-565.

Race, Social Cohesion and the Changing Politics of Citizenship
Shukra, Kalbir; Back, Les; Keith, Michael; Khan, Azra and Solomos, J.. 2004. Race, Social Cohesion and the Changing Politics of Citizenship. London Review of Education, 2(3), pp. 187-195. ISSN 14748460

Black Politics and the Web of Joined up Governance: compromise, ethnic minority mobilisation and the Transitional Public Sphere
Shukra, Kalbir; Back, Les; Khan, Azra; Keith, Michael and Solomos, J.. 2004. Black Politics and the Web of Joined up Governance: compromise, ethnic minority mobilisation and the Transitional Public Sphere. Social Movement Studies, 3(1), pp. 33-50. ISSN 14742837

New Labour's White Heart: Politics, Multiculturalism and the Return of Assimilation
Back, Les; Keith, Michael; Khan, Azra; Shukra, Kalbir and Solomos, J.. 2002. New Labour's White Heart: Politics, Multiculturalism and the Return of Assimilation. The Political Quarterly, 73(4), pp. 445-454. ISSN 00323179

‘The Return of Assimilationism: Race, Multiculturalism and New Labour’
Shukra, Kalbir; Back, Les; Khan, Azra; Keith, Michael and Solomos, John. 2002. ‘The Return of Assimilationism: Race, Multiculturalism and New Labour’. Sociological Research Online, 7(2),

Articles related to Les Back BSc PhD