I am researching the ‘tactics of survival’ practiced by certain individuals from the Mexican and Latino barrio communities in LA (the late ‘40s until now), in particular through their use of flamenco dance and music. I am also interested in how popular culture in the US may have influenced their narratives. My research journey is just beginning so, at this time, I feel it’s still too early for me to publish.
My musical career includes numerous internationally released singles, 6 albums, and two songs that were recorded and released by Agnetha Faltskog from Abba. I worked as a sexual anthropologist for 15 years with 5 books internationally published: Revelations, Rituals of Love and The Customised Body (co-authored with Ted Polhemus), Radical Desire (co-authored with Mark Ramsden) and Piercing - A Modern Anthology which has been translated into 4 languages.
My more conventional academic career began when I obtained a PGDip in Psychosexual Therapy (South Bank University, London, Feb 1997). I then married and, together with my wife, raised a family while working as an independent studio portrait photographer to financially support us. In 2017 I made the decision to return to academia and earned an MMUS in Creative Practice, Distinction (Goldsmiths University, London, Sept 2019). I am now at the beginning of my PhD research project.
- PGDip in Psychosexual Therapy (South Bank University, London, Feb 1997)
- MMus in Creative Practice, Distinction (Goldsmiths University, London, Sept 2019)