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Reading Stuart Hall : the influence of the New Left on
social work

Cummins, I

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This article will discuss the work of the late cultural and political theorist Professor Stuart Hall (1932–2014). Hall made hugely significant contributions in cultural studies. In addition, he was one of the first thinkers on the Left to recognise the huge seismic shift that the electoral success of Margaret Thatcher in 1979 represented. Hall made a huge contribution to the development of progressive politics. His analysis of the centrality of race, empire and colonialism to the formation of modern Britain and its ongoing significance was a key element in the anti-racist politics of the 1970s and 1980s. These developments were very influential in the development of critical and radical social work perspectives. This article will argue that Hall’s work provides a theoretical and conceptual toolkit for a radical analysis of contemporary politics and culture. Social workers, academics and other practitioners can use this toolkit to develop critical perspectives on social work practice and other aspects of social and welfare policies.


social work. Critical and Radical Social Work, 7(3), 367-379.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 26, 2019
Online Publication Date Sep 20, 2019
Publication Date Nov 1, 2019
Deposit Date Sep 24, 2019
Publicly Available Date Sep 20, 2020
Journal Critical and Radical Social Work
Print ISSN 2049-8608
Electronic ISSN 2049-8675
Publisher Policy Press
Volume 7
Issue 3
Pages 367-379
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