'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.

In the Belly of the Beast

In the belly of the beast

More recently I write a lot about the diaspora, writing about the Caribbean and so on, but I am writing about the Caribbean in relation to the problem which is here, and not there. I need to clarify all the questions about African-ness because I need to understand what happens when Rastafarianism arises in Isleworth. And when Babylon is not Norman Manley but Roy Hattersley1


In this penultimate chapter we turn to the questions of identity and subjectivity that have been the focus of Hall's most recent work. We have explored the connections between Hall's analyses of class, classlessness and Marxist theory and his contributions to the emergence of British media and cultural studies. We ...

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