Title Essential Essays, Volume 1
Subtitle Foundations of Cultural Studies
Author Stuart Hall
ISBN 9781478000938
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No of pages 424
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Duke University Press (Combined Academic Publishers)
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“Anyone whose work is informed, ‘in the last instance,’ by Cultural Studies will find much that is helpfully familiar in it as well as new connections, new applications, new ways of ‘[penetrating] the disorderly surface of things to another level of understanding,’ as Hall says, invoking Marx, in the epilogue. This seems especially urgent as the ascendancy of the far Right coincides with the wholesale neoliberalization of the humanities, as Hall predicted in his ‘Theoretical Legacies’ lecture. It is obviously not a question of ‘going back’ to Hall for a truer or more ‘authentic’ form of Cultural Studies than that in practice today. But there is much in his legacy that illuminates the dynamics of the present, and much to put into dialogue with contemporary scholarship and practice. Morley’s collection reminds us how important it is for genuine intellectual work to articulate competing and contradictory paradigms together, to work, as Hall did, from the points of contestation and conflict rather than seek solace in abstractions. This, finally, is the ‘essential’ in the essays assembled here.”
Liane Tanguay, American Book Review


“The late Stuart Hall was more than an intellectual giant of postwar Britain. He was the great illuminator, whose far-reaching insights into how the world is constructed show us why cultural studies is not about the manners learned from the masters, but a way of examining and understanding social reality as made by the people themselves.”
Okwui Enwezor, Artforum


“Stuart Hall was one of the great political intellectuals of our time—learned, perspicacious, provocative, and wise.”
Wendy Brown


“[T]he most significant figure on the British intellectual left over the course of the last 50 years.”
Tim Adams, The Guardian


From his arrival in Britain in the 1950s and involvement in the New Left, to founding the field of cultural studies and examining race and identity in the 1990s and early 2000s, Stuart Hall has been central to shaping many of the cultural and political debates of our time. Essential Essays—a landmark two-volume set—brings together Stuart Hall’s most influential and foundational works. Spanning the whole of his career, these volumes reflect the breadth and depth of his intellectual and political projects while demonstrating their continued vitality and importance.

Volume 1: Foundations of Cultural Studies focuses on the first half of Hall’s career, when he wrestled with questions of culture, class, representation, and politics. This volume’s stand-out essays include his field-defining “Cultural Studies and Its Theoretical Legacies”; the prescient “The Great Moving Right Show,” which first identified the emergent mode of authoritarian populism in British politics; and “Encoding and Decoding in the Television Discourse,” one of his most influential pieces of media criticism. As a whole, Volume 1 provides a panoramic view of Hall’s fundamental contributions to cultural studies.


A Note on the Text


General Introduction: A Life in Essays

Part I. Cultural Studies: Culture, Class, and Theory

Chapter 1. Richard Hoggart, The Uses of Literacy, and the Cultural Turn [2007]

Chapter 2. Cultural Studies: Two Paradigms [1980]

Chapter 3. Cultural Studies and Its Theoretical Legacies [1992]


Part II. Theoretical and Methodological Principles: Class, Race and Articulation

Chapter 4. The Hinterland of Science: Ideology and the Sociology of Knowledge [1977]

Chapter 5. Rethinking the “Base and Superstructure” Metaphor [1977]

Chapter 6. Race, Articulation, and Societies Structured in Dominance [1980]

Chapter 7. On Postmodernism and Articulation: An Interview with Stuart Hall by Larry Grossberg and Others [1986]


Part III. Media, Communications, Ideology, and Representation

Chapter 8. Encoding and Decoding in the Television Discourse [originally 1973; republished 2007]

Chapter 9. External Influences on Broadcasting: The External/Internal Dialectic in Broadcasting—Television’s Double-Blind [1972]

Chapter 10. Culture, the Media, and the “Ideological Effect” [1977]

Part IV. Political Formations: Power as Process

Chapter 11. Notes on Deconstructing “the Popular” [1981]

Chapter 12. Policing the Crisis: Preface to the 35th Anniversary Edition [2013] (with Chas Critcher, Tony Jefferson, John Clarke, and Brian Roberts)

Chapter 13. The Great Moving Right Show [1979]



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About the Author:

Stuart Hall (1932–2014) was one of the most prominent and influential scholars and public intellectuals of his generation. Hall appeared widely on British media, taught at the University of Birmingham and the Open University, was the founding editor of New Left Review, and served as the director of Birmingham’s Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies. He is the author of Cultural Studies 1983: A Theoretical History; Familiar Stranger: A Life Between Two Islands; and other books also published by Duke University Press.

Target Audience:

People interested in cultural studies.


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