Selected Political Writings: The Great Moving Right Show and Other Essays

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Duke University Press
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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 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.


"Selected Political Writings is a 'greatest hits' of political writing from one of postwar Britain's most consistently interesting, innovative, and perceptive analysts."--Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite"H-Ideas, H-Net Reviews" (07/01/2018)
"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."-- (02/13/2017)
"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)."-- (04/01/2017)
"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."-- (03/17/2017)
"Hall's work has become especially resonant as Britain has voted for a narrower identity and a more isolationist attitude to the rest of the world.... There is a generosity and literary imagination in his writing--a recognition that humans are complex, contradictory creatures shaped by, among other things, what they believe, where they live, how they shop, and who they sleep with."-- (09/27/2017)
"Hall wrote these essays primarily for contemporaries also seeking to make sense of their particular political contexts, but they now stand as useful and powerful texts of leftist political thought for scholars, activists and students.... Hall's compelling and analytically rigorous theses are eloquent, precise and exciting to read."-- (09/14/2017)
"The editors of this collection have presciently selected a wide spectrum of Hall's writings to show that while history may not be repeating itself, many issues we presently encounter have been previously reflected upon by Hall.... The struggle between the old and the new underlies Hall's essays in this collection, and reading through them it becomes again apparent how our present echoes in the past so admirably analysed by Hall."-- (10/27/2017)
"Selected Political Writings is both a timely an enjoyable read. On the page, and for those of us who were lucky enough to hear him, as a speaker too, Stuart Hall brought the analysis of politics alive in a way which is sorely missed in 2017. These essays provide a sharpness of intellect and warm embrace of analysis that are a positive joy to read, new and afresh or but read in a new times, good and bad, that even Stuart Hall could never have foretold. "-- (08/25/2017)