Key concepts from Stuart Hall

This is a collectively generated list of key concepts found in Stuart Hall’s article, “Cultural Studies and Its Theoretical Legacies.”  We should all be referring back to this list often throughout the course as Hall invokes many of the most important concepts we will be exploring together.

  • marxism
  • New Left
  • British Cultural Studies
  • American cultural studies
  • feminism
  • race
  • structuralism
  • marxist epistemology
  • modes of production
  • institutionalization
  • Foucault’s notion of power
  • historical conjunctures
  • power relations
  • class relations and structures
  • social agency
  • arbitrary closure
  • Eurocentrism
  • organic intellectuals
  • psychoanalysis
  • destructive ventriloquism
  • meta-discourse. master discourse
  • marxist critical practice
  • positionality
  • grand narrative
  • worldliness
  • intrinsic, extrinsic and vulgar marxism
  • semiotics
  • discursivity
  • linguistics
  • formations
  • burdens of representation
  • dialogic approach to theory
  • capital
  • power
  • exploitation
  • reductionism
  • economism
  • determinism
  • base and superstructure
  • colonization
  • anti-theoreticism
  • hegemony
  • the subjective

Key theorists mentioned in the article:

  • Gramsci
  • Marx
  • Foucault
  • Said
  • Rose
  • Gilroy
  • Althusser


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