Title Essential Essays, Volume 2
Subtitle Identity and Diaspora
Author Stuart Hall
ISBN 9781478001638
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No of pages 352
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


“Stuart Hall was our most brilliant thinker on identity and struggle.”
Robin D. G. Kelley


“Hall’s writings make an extremely important contribution not only in our understanding of the past and the cultural, political, sociological, and theoretical formations that Hall analyzed, but as documents that provide us with powerful political and theoretical tools to understand our present and change our future.”
Hazel Carby


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 2: Identity and Diaspora draws from Hall’s later essays, in which he investigated questions of colonialism, empire, and race. It opens with “Gramsci’s Relevance for the Study of Race and Ethnicity,” which frames the volume and finds Hall rethinking received notions of racial essentialism. In addition to essays on multiculturalism and globalization, black popular culture, and Western modernity’s racial underpinnings, Volume 2 contains three interviews with Hall, in which he reflects on his life to theorize his identity as a colonial and diasporic subject.


A Note on the Text


General Introduction


Part I. Prologue: Class, Race, and Ethnicity

Chapter 1. Gramsci’s Relevance for the Study of Race and Ethnicity [1986]


Part II. Deconstructing Identities: The Politics of Anti-Essentialism

Chapter 2. Old and New Identities, Old and New Ethnicities [1991]

Chapter 3. What Is This “Black” in Black Popular Culture? [1992]

Chapter 4. The Multicultural Question [2000]

Part III. The Postcolonial and the Diasporic

Chapter 5. The West and the Rest: Discourse and Power [1992]

Chapter 6. The Formation of a Diasporic Intellectual: An Interview with Kuan-Hsing Chen [1996]

Chapter 7. Thinking the Diaspora: Home-Thoughts from Abroad [1999]

Part IV. Interviews and Reflections

Chapter 8. Politics, Contingency, Strategy: An Interview with David Scott [1997]

Chapter 9. At Home and Not at Home: Stuart Hall in Conversation with Les Back [2008]

Part V. Epilogue: Caribbean and Other Perspectives

Chapter 10. Through the Prism of an Intellectual Life [2007]



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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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