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SPRC In conversation with Les Back

by Luke de Noronha and Les Back

Les Back

18 February 2021

Luke de Noronha is joined by Les Back, Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, to talk about the concept of the ‘metropolitan paradox’, reflecting on how the events of 1981 – the New Cross house fire and the resulting Black People’s Day of Action march – formed his thinking and future academic work. Discussing how the tragedy of Grenfell Tower paralleled that of 1981, Les explores how the demonstrations and silent walks provide a service of hope.

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This conversation was recorded on 29th January 2021

Speakers: Luke de Noronha, Lecturer in Race, Ethnicity & Postcolonial Studies, UCL Sarah Parker Remond Centre  //  Les Back, Professor of Sociology, Goldsmiths University of London
Producer and EditorKaissa Karhu