Selected Writings on the Question of Marxism

Selected Writings on the Question of Marxism

Stuart Hall: Selected Writings

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Book Pages: 384 Illustrations: 1 illustration Published: April 2021

Author: Stuart Hall

Editor: Gregor McLennan

Contributor: Gregor McLennan

Cultural Studies, Sociology > Social Theory, Theory and Philosophy > Marxism

Throughout his career Stuart Hall engaged with Marxism in varying ways, actively rethinking it to address the particular political and cultural exigencies of the moment. This collection of Hall's key writings on Marxism surveys the formative questions central to his interpretations of and investments in Marxist theory and practice. It includes Hall's readings of canonical texts by Marx and Engels, Gramsci, and Althusser, his exchanges with other prominent thinkers about Marxism, his use of Marxist frameworks to theorize specific cultural phenomena and discourses, and later period work in which he distanced himself from his earlier attachments to Marxism. In addition, editor Gregor McLennan's introduction and commentaries offer in-depth context and fresh interpretations of Hall's thought. Selected Writings on Marxism demonstrates that grasping his complex relationship to Marxism is central to understanding the corpus of Hall's work.


“Brilliantly revising Marxism to incorporate the cultural turn, Stuart Hall not only created critical cultural studies, he helped construct the intellectual world within which a cultural sociology could emerge.” — Jeffrey C. Alexander, author of What Makes a Social Crisis? The Societalization of Social Problems

“A much-needed collection staging the brilliant Jamaican-British sociologist Stuart Hall's engagement with Marx in and out of the establishment of the iconic Cultural Studies Centre at Birmingham and his teaching at the Open University. The pieces coauthored with students and the active discussions of the selected pieces by a former student who also taught at the Open University make this volume a living theatre production of a powerful moment in British theoretical practice.” — Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, author of Chintar Durdasha/Jukti o Kalpanashokti


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Stuart Hall (1932–2014) was one of the most prominent and influential scholars and public intellectuals of his generation. Hall taught at the University of Birmingham and the Open University, was the founding editor of New Left Review, and 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.

Gregor McLennan is Professor of Sociology at the University of Bristol and author of several books on Marxism, pluralism, and social theory.

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Paper ISBN: 978-1-4780-0034-1 / Cloth ISBN: 978-1-4780-0027-3