The late Stuart Hall has had an enormous influence on the academic, political and cultural spheres of Great Britain. Along with other significant academics such as Raymond Williams, Richard Hoggart and E.P. Thompson, Hall played a key role in the development of the field of Cultural Studies and the way we understand the term ‘culture’ today. This article explores how Hall’s thinking was influenced by Marx, Gramsci, and Williams, covering a wide range of notions such as false consciousness, hegemony, ideology, economic determinism, language and communication and how these might be rethought through the lens of culture. Hall’s work not only brought forward more sophisticated insights about social life and human interactions inside the context of institutions and social structures, but it also advanced a critical approach to the study of a social world embedded in meanings, significances, and power.
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