Stuart Hall: An Organic Intellectual

Johanna Fernández Castro

Abstract


Stuart Hall (3 February 1932 – 10 February 2014) is acknowledged as one of the founding figures of British Cultural Studies. His extensive academic work on topics such as race, ethnicity and identity reflects his own position as a diasporic intellectual. His contribution to the study of popular culture is determined by the importance of his political character in every social act, his non-deterministic view of Marxism, and is especially determined by his insistence on playing an active role beyond academia in order to contribute to the transformation of hegemonic structures. The following biography aims to give a focused view of his personal history and its direct influence on his key theoretical reflections.


Keywords


Cultural Studies, Organic Intellectual; Race; Ethnicity; Neoliberalism

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17192/meta.2017.7.5134

Johanna Fernández Castro is a Colombian Ph.D. student at the International Graduate Center for the Study of Culture (GCSC) at Gießen University in Germany. She received her M.A. degree in Language, Culture and Translation from the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. Her research focuses on the textual and visual representation of indigenous people in German ethnographic works from the beginning of the 20th century. She is co-editor of W(h)ither Identity. Positioning the Self and Transforming the Social (WVT Trier 2015). Her academic interests fall mostly into the areas of translation and cultural studies, anthropology and history.

email: Johanna.P.Fernandez-Castro@gcsc.uni-giessen.de