Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Amazon's Book Reviews: Caribbean Authors — Stuart Hall

Stuart McPhail Hall (3 February 1932 – 10 February 2014) was a Jamaican-born cultural theorist and sociologist who lived and worked in the United Kingdom from 1951. Hall, along with Richard Hoggart and Raymond Williams, was one of the founding figures of the school of thought that is now known as British Cultural Studies or The Birmingham School of Cultural Studies. He was President of the British Sociological Association 1995–97. In the 1950s Hall was a founder of the influential New Left Review. At the invitation of Hoggart, Hall joined the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at Birmingham University in 1964. Hall took over from Hoggart as director of the Centre in 1968, and remained there until 1979. While at the Centre, Hall is credited with playing a role in expanding the scope of cultural studies to deal with race and gender, and with helping to incorporate new ideas derived from the work of French theorists. Hall left the centre in 1979 to become a professor of sociology at the Open University. Hall retired from the Open University in 1997 and was a Professor Emeritus. British newspaper The Observer called him "one of the country's leading cultural theorists". He was married to Catherine Hall, a feminist professor of modern British history at University College London. Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stuart_Hall_(cultural_theorist); Related articles: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2007/sep/23/communities.politicsphilosophyandsociety, http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/aug/18/professor-stuart-hall-multiculturalism-film, and http://guardian.co.tt/entertainment/2014-02-17/film-festival-hosts-screening-tribute-stuart-hall  

This is a review for Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices (Culture, Media and Identities Series) by Stuart Hall - I read this text for an intro class to Cultural Studies, and I really enjoyed it. Hall discusses the issues of race, gender, and class in our society in many interpretations within this text. He shows how all these three are interconnected, and does so in a fascinating way. The question of how did we become the way we are in society is addressed in various ways through different representations: the media, culture, and ourselves. A lot of historical aspects is presented in this text to give the reader more of an answer to the previous question. This text is great for someone who is into cultural studies, or anyone who is interested in just learning more about themselves and making sense of the society around them. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/Representation-Representations-Signifying-Practices-Identities/product-reviews/0761954325/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

This is a review for Different by Stuart Hall - This book is beautifully produced and packed full of information that is scattered in many other places but needed to be brought together. Hall has a great eye for important and emerging black photographers from around the world. This book pays particular attention to photographers who challenge simplistic notions of blackness and race. This is not a book that we should think about in isolation. It is an important part of producing an Afro-modern community of photographers. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/Different-Stuart-Hall/product-reviews/0714840149/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?showViewpoints=1

This is a review forQuestions of Cultural Identity by Stuart Hall - Why and how do contemporary questions of culture so readily become highly charged questions of identity? The question of cultural identity lies at the heart of current debates in cultural studies and social theory. At issue is whether those identities which defined the social and cultural world of modern societies for so long - distinctive identities of gender, sexuality, race, class and nationality - are in decline, giving rise to new forms of identification and fragmenting the modern individual as a unified subject. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0803978839?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creativeASIN=0803978839&linkCode=xm2&tag=carijour-20

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