Why We Need Stuart Hall’s Imaginative Left

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When Stuart Hall died in 2014, he was one of England’s best-known intellectuals, celebrated for his pioneering writings in cultural studies, a field he helped invent along with Raymond Williams, and for his work as a spokesman of the New Left. Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. described him as “the Du Bois of Britain,” and The Guardian called him the “godfather of multiculturalism.” During the six decades he lived in England, Hall appeared regularly on TV and radio (including on his own BBC series about the history of the Caribbean), coined the term “Thatcherism,” co-wrote an influential book on race and policing, and helped found The New Left Review. 

Hall took a more expansive view of popular culture than the