1st Edition

Hallmarks: The Cultural Politics and Public Pedagogies of Stuart Hall

Edited By Leslie Roman Copyright 2016
    158 Pages
    by Routledge

    158 Pages
    by Routledge

    This provocative, interdisciplinary and transnational collection delves deeply into the educational and public intellectual hallmarks of Stuart M. Hall, a core figure in the development of the postwar British New Left, Cultural Studies at the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies and, later, the Open University. It opens new vistas on both critical educational studies and cultural studies through interviews with, and essays by, leading writers, shedding light on the under-appreciated public pedagogical and cultural politics of the New Left, Thatcherism and Rightist, neocolonial, diasporic and neoliberal formations in Jamaica, the UK, Australia, North America and Brazil. Cogently argued and beautifully written, the book looks to spark dialog about Hall's under-appreciated educational contributions and illuminate important aspects of his work for students and scholars in many fields.

    Intimate and moving, the contributors' accounts describe Hall’s diasporic formation as a courageous ‘artist’ and educator of cultural politics and social movements. The book shows both the reach and the relevance of his public pedagogies in the construction of alternatives to essentialist racial politics and the despairing cynicism of neoliberalism. With contributors and interviewees including Leslie G. Roman, Michael W. Apple, Avtar Brah, John Clarke, Annette Henry, Lawrence Grossberg, Luis Gandin and Fazal Rizvi, Hallmarks: The Cultural Politics and Public Pedagogies of Stuart Hall reveals that neither cultural politics nor public pedagogies are stable or self-evident constructs. Each legitimates and requires the other as part of a longer radical democratic project for social justice.

    This book was originally published as a special issue of Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education.

    Preface – A remarkable gift and a daunting challenge: Stuart Hall's life and work John Clarke and Leslie G. Roman

    Introduction – ‘Keywords’: Stuart Hall, an extraordinary educator, cultural politics and public pedagogies Leslie G. Roman

    Part I: Conjunctural thinking

    1. Understanding and interrupting hegemonic projects in education: learning from Stuart Hall Michael W. Apple

    2. Conjunctural thinking – "pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will": Lawrence Grossberg remembers Stuart Hall Leslie G. Roman

    3. Making and moving publics: Stuart Hall’s projects, maximal selves and education Leslie G. Roman

    Part II: Diasporic thinking

    4. ‘Nostalgia for what cannot be’: an interpretive and social biography of Stuart Hall’s early years in Jamaica and England, 1932-1959 Annette Henry

    5. Diasporic reasoning, affect, memory and cultural politics: An interview with Avtar Brah Leslie G. Roman and Annette Henry

    6. Stuart Hall on racism and the importance of diasporic thinking Fazal Rizvi

    Part III: Articulation in theory and practice

    7. Stuart Hall and the theory and practice of articulation John Clarke

    8. The contribution of Stuart Hall to analyzing educational policy and reform Luis Armando Gandin


    Leslie G. Roman is Professor of Educational Studies, Killam Fellow and Affiliate of the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. She is author and co-editor of Becoming Feminine: The Politics of Popular Culture (Falmer Press, 1988), Views Beyond the Border Country: Raymond Williams and Cultural Politics (Routledge, 1992) and Dangerous Territories: Struggles for Difference and Equality in Education (Routledge, 1997). Her book Contested Knowledge will appear shortly with Rowman & Littlefield.