A former jazz musician and current New Orleans jazz record producer for 504/La Croix Records, he took his Ll.B. Hons in Law at the University of Birmingham in 1966. In 1973 he began his PhD in Sociology on the philosopher and social psychologist George Herbert Mead, at the University of London, completing in 1978 following an extended period of study at the University of Chicago and with foremost Mead disciple David L. Miller at the University of Texas at Austin. In 1989 he obtained his M.Med.Sc.in Psychotherapy from Queen’s University of Belfast, and in 1996 completed his training as a psychoanalyst with the British Psychoanalytical Society and International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA). He recently completed an MA in Popular Music Studies in the School of Music, University of Liverpool, followed by a further two years of doctoral study in musicology and jazz studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
A former New Orleans-style jazz musician and record producer who joined the University of Ulster as a Senior Lecturer in Sociology in 1984. He was Senior Lecturer in Psychology from 1995-1999; Reader in Sociology from 1999-2002; Reader in Cultural and Media Studies from 2002-2006; and he became Professor of Sociology and Cultural Studies in 2006.
He directed the Transgender Archive, University of Ulster, 1986-2010.
Latterly, he has returned to record production and is currently working on a series of New Orleans jazz revival CDs for 504/La Croix Records.
Since 2010, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
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