Key sociologist? Stuart Hall certainly is a key figure in contemporary sociology, but he was not trained in the discipline and his preoccupations are very different from those of mainstream sociology. Much of his work has been directed towards the development of ‘cultural studies’, which is now (largely through his efforts) widely recognized as an independent discipline. It is a sign of the current pluralism within sociology, and an indicator of the interdisciplinarity of the subject in its present form in Britain, that Hall is such an influential figure.
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