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Stuart Hall

PERHAPS NO SCHOLAR in recent memory has become such a prominent public intellectual as Stuart Hall, yet his wide-ranging influence was due in large part to the way in which he embodied not one identity but several. After studying at University of Oxford, Hall cofounded the New Left Review, where his editorship cut through postwar consensus, contributing to the political ferment of the 1960s. As director of the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at the University of Birmingham for a decade beginning in the late ’60s, he played a leading role in developing cultural studies as a paradigm of critical investigation disseminated across the humanities and social sciences, from media studies and sociology to history and political philosophy, by a generation of scholars who took culture seriously as a material formation inscribed within contested relations of power and resistance. In his role

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