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'This is the most lucid and engaged account of Stuart Hall's work. Meticulously, and with an exemplary generosity, Helen Davis patiently unravels the threads of Hall's intellectual history. The result is a most useful and thoughtful book, which could prove to be indispensable for students of cultural studies' - Graeme Turner, University of Queensland Understanding Stuart Hall traces the development of one of the most influential and respected figures within cultural studies. Focusing on Stuart Hall's writings over a period of nearly fifty years, this volume offers students and academics a cogent and exploratory route through complex and overlapping areas of analysis. In her critical assessment of Hall's most important contributions to academic and public debate, Davis shows the extent to which his analyses of race and ethnicity have been informed by early studies of Marxism, class and 'societies structured in dominance'. Davis offers fresh insight into the formation of one of the most prolific, charismatic and controversial intellectuals of his generation. Despite having been branded a 'cultural pessimist', Stuart Hall has long been associated with encouraging new, cutting-edge scholarship within the field. This volume concludes with a discussion of Hall's most recent political and academic interventions and his continuing commitment to innovation within the visual arts.

The Politics of Representation
The politics of representation

Meanings have all sorts of ‘effects’, from the construction of knowledge to the subjection of the subject to the meaning offered. If they have an influence on ‘behaviour’ it is more likely to be indirectly because knowledge is always implicated in power and power implies limits on what can be seen and shown, thought and said. (Hall, quoted in Evans and Hall, 1999: 311)

Introduction

Hall could see how the terms of the debate concerning representation were becoming more sharply defined throughout the 1970s. In this chapter we are going to examine Hall's relationship to the primary areas of race and gender representation. First we are going to explore the sites of Hall's interventions in debates around race and representation. ...

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