Stuart Hall: Critical Dialogues in Cultural Studies (Comedia)
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Stuart Hall's work has been central to the formation and development of cultural studies as an international discipline. Stuart Hall: Critical Dialogues in Cultural Studies is an invaluable collection of writings by and about Stuart Hall. The book provides a representative selection of Hall's enormously influential writings on cultural studies and its concerns: the relationship with Marxism; postmodernism and 'New Times' in cultural and political thought; the development of cultural studies as an international and postcolonial phenomenon, and Hall's engagement with urgent and abiding questions of 'race', ethnicity and identity.
In addition to presenting classic writings by Hall and new interviews with Hall in dialogue with Kuan-Hsing Chen, the collection, which includes work by Angela McRobbie, Kobena Mercer, John Fiske, Charlotte Brunsdon, Ien Ang and Isaac Julien, provides a detailed analysis of Hall's work and his contribution to the development of cultural studies by leading cultural critics and cultural practitioners. The book also includes a comprehensive bibliography of Stuart Hall's writings.
of you.'73 Through this experience of exteriority to the core of Britishness, Hall begins not only a problematization of his own experience of identity as a member of the black diaspora, but also an interrogation of the category of Britishness itself which, up to now, has remained so unqualified—and, indeed, unmarked in British cultural studies. This new interrogation enables us to distinguish British cultural studies—defined as the specific form of cultural studies which evolved in
cultural studies. Suddenly everybody is creating cultural studies departments—they are expanding, they have been 'highlighted'. We are only just getting accustomed to the fact that our graduate students, who used to have to pretend to be sociologists or something else, are now able to get cultural studies jobs, maybe not in an actual cultural studies department, but nonetheless there are now cultural studies posts advertised, which there never used to be. This is a very new situation, but it does
characteristic of liberal parliamentary democratic states as contrasted with the collapsed spheres of fascist states. At another point, he insists on the ethical and cultural functions of the state—raising 'the great mass of the population to a particular cultural and moral level'; and to the 'educative functions of such critical institutions as the school (a "positive educative function") and the courts ("a repressive and negative educative function").' These emphases bring a range of new
the project of the first New Left. I always had problems in that period, about the pronoun 'we'. I didn't know quite who I meant, when I said 'We should do X.' I have a funny relationship to the British working-class movement, and the British institutions of the labour movement: the Labour Party, the trade unions, identified with it. I'm in it, but not culturally of it. I was one of the people, as editor of Universities and Left Review, mainly negotiating that space, but I didn't feel the
totalization 178–82; against utopia 188–94 New Left 152, 264–5, 492–7 New Left Review 78, 152, 496 New Times: The Changing Face of Politics in the 1990s 4, 5, 96, 233–7, 238, 246–51 Newman, Michael 176, 183 Nicholson, L. 337 Nietzsche, F. 187 Nixon, Sean 244–5, 251, 258 Norris, Christopher 256, 343–5 Nowell Smith, G. 416 objectification 445 obscenity 202–3, 317 Open University 20, 499–500 Other 207, 303, 336, 338–40, 445, 457;