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  • Introduction / Sally Davison, David Featherstone and Bill Schwarz  1
    Note on Texts  16
    Part 1: The New Left and after
    1. The new Conservatism and the old (1957)  18
    2. A sense of classlessness (1958)  28
    3. The supply of demand (1960)  47
    4. The Cuban crisis: trial-run or steps towards peace? (1963)  70
    5. Political commitment (1966)  85
    6. A world at one with itself (1970)  107
    7. The first New Left: life and times (1990)  117
    Part 2: Thatcherism
    8. Racism and reaction (1978)  142
    9. 1970: Birth of the law and order society (1978)  158
    10. The great moving right show (1979)  172
    11. The 'Little Caesars' of social democracy (1981)  187
    12. The empire strikes back (1982)  200
    13. The crisis of Labourism (1984)  207
    14. The state: socialism's old caretaker (1984)  223
    15. Blue election, election blues (1987)  238
    16. The meaning of new times (1989)  248
    17. And not a shot fired: the end of Thatcherism? (1991)  266
    18. Our mongrel selves (1992)  275
    Part 3: Neoliberalism
    19. The great moving nowhere show (1998)  283
    20. New Labour's double-shuffle (2003)  301
    21. The neoliberal revolution (2011)  317
    Afterword / Michael Rustin  336
    Notes on historical figures  354
    Index  361
  • "It’s hard to imagine a better time for the arrival of this book. Political uncertainty and reactionary posturing are a defining feature of recent months. The care and thoughtfulness carried in its pages are very welcome, the sense of context and sharpness of insight feel invaluable. . . . Hall’s writing was always political, but here we find him exercising his prodigious analytical skills on explictly political questions and issues. The result is something to behold. A book that scans across time telling stories that are likely to matter whenever the book is read."

    "Hall's metier was to tease out the competing histories, the contradictory political, economic, and social forces condensed within a particular historical moment, an excavation of ideology he called 'conjunctural analysis.' . . . [H]is work is all too timely, for the haphazard project of neoliberalism, justified retroactively by nonsensical appeals to the 'free market,' is as advanced as the decades-long economic decline it magics away with bubbles and rhetoric (GDP balloons; personal wealth stagnates)."

    "Stuart Hall’s pen is sharp and well-informed. One does not have to agree with everything he writes to acknowledge this truth. This collection of Hall’s political writings is simultaneously a history, a series of lessons, and a preview of our current situation. It serves as a delightful indication of why he was so widely read when he was alive."

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  • "It’s hard to imagine a better time for the arrival of this book. Political uncertainty and reactionary posturing are a defining feature of recent months. The care and thoughtfulness carried in its pages are very welcome, the sense of context and sharpness of insight feel invaluable. . . . Hall’s writing was always political, but here we find him exercising his prodigious analytical skills on explictly political questions and issues. The result is something to behold. A book that scans across time telling stories that are likely to matter whenever the book is read."

    "Hall's metier was to tease out the competing histories, the contradictory political, economic, and social forces condensed within a particular historical moment, an excavation of ideology he called 'conjunctural analysis.' . . . [H]is work is all too timely, for the haphazard project of neoliberalism, justified retroactively by nonsensical appeals to the 'free market,' is as advanced as the decades-long economic decline it magics away with bubbles and rhetoric (GDP balloons; personal wealth stagnates)."

    "Stuart Hall’s pen is sharp and well-informed. One does not have to agree with everything he writes to acknowledge this truth. This collection of Hall’s political writings is simultaneously a history, a series of lessons, and a preview of our current situation. It serves as a delightful indication of why he was so widely read when he was alive."

  • "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

    "Stuart Hall was one of the great political intellectuals of our time—learned, perspicacious, provocative, and wise. He was also a master essayist. This splendid selection, spanning more than fifty years, is a feast." — Wendy Brown

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  • Description

    Selected Political Writings gathers Stuart Hall's best-known and most important essays that directly engage with political issues. Written between 1957 and 2011 and appearing in publications such as New Left Review and Marxism Today, these twenty essays span the whole of Hall's career, from his early involvement with the New Left, to his critique of Thatcherism, to his later focus on neoliberalism. Whether addressing economic decline and class struggle, the Cuban Missile Crisis, or the politics of empire, Hall's singular commentary and theorizations make this volume essential for anyone interested in the politics of the last sixty years.

    About The Author(s)

    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 Familiar Stranger: A Life between Two Islands and Cultural Studies 1983: A Theoretical History, both also published by Duke University Press.

    Sally Davison is the managing editor at Lawrence & Wishart and the editor of Soundings.

    David Featherstone is Senior Lecturer of Geographical and Earth Sciences at the University of Glasgow.

    Michael Rustin is Professor of Sociology at the University of East London.

    Bill Schwarz is Professor of English at Queen Mary University of London.
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