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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.

‘Fragmented and Concrete’, in Conversation with Stuart Hall
‘Fragmented and concrete’, in conversation with stuart hall

In the winter of 1998, Marxism Today was resurrected for one last special issue. The subject was New Labour and the cover bore an image of Tony Blair with the word ‘wrong’ in large red letters: Geoff Mulgan, a former contributor to Marxism Today now an advisor to the new government, launched an attack on Hall and Hobsbawm for their failure to make specific their objections to New Labour policy: ‘It would have been interesting if instead of tilting at windmills, Hall and Hobsbawm had attempted a more serious analysis of New Labour's political strategy’ (Mulgan, 1998: 16). How does Hall react to the criticism that he never offered up ...

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