Stuart Hall, Selected Writings on Marxism and Selected Writings on Race and Difference – Duke University Press, April 2021

Stuart Hall, Selected Writings on Marxism and Selected Writings on Race and Difference – Duke University Press, April 2021.

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 commentary 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.

In Selected Writings on Race and Difference, editors Paul Gilroy and Ruth Wilson Gilmore gather more than twenty essays by Stuart Hall that highlight his extensive and groundbreaking engagement with race, representation, identity, difference, and diaspora. Spanning the whole of his career, this collection includes classic theoretical essays such as “The Whites of their Eyes” (1979) and “Race, the Floating Signifier” (1997). It also features public lectures, political articles, and popular pieces that circulated in periodicals and newspapers, which demonstrate the breadth and depth of Hall’s contribution to public discourses of race. Foregrounding how and why the analysis of race and difference should be concrete and not merely descriptive, this collection gives organizers and students of social theory ways to approach the interconnections of race with culture and consciousness, state and society, policing and freedom.

These and other books in the new Duke University Press catalog.

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