Introduction: Why Cultural Studies? Why Stuart Hall?

  • Runyararo Sihle ChivauraEmail author


This book provides a thorough and critical engagement with Stuart Hall’s theories of media, discourse, race and ethnicity. It is my intention to present Stuart Hall’s version of Cultural Studies, his significant contributions to the field, alongside some of the limitations that are present in his research theorisations. In my engagement with Hall, my intentions are not to highlight the superficial acclaims commonly associated with his physical and oratory attributes. Rather, my emphasis is placed on Hall as a product of colonisation, a British immigrant and a racialized subject suffering from a crisis of identity. In this book, Hall’s experience as an outsider with an insider’s perspective on a cultural phenomenon mirrors my own, as I seek to situate myself as both the researched and researcher. By having an African background as well as being a recent immigrant to Australia provides me a unique viewpoint in which I am placed in the Australian context. Stuart Hall’s biography is useful in providing a ‘roadmap’ for conducting a ‘significant analysis and understanding of the functioning of particular cultures’. It is through the conjuncture of the past and present theoretical perspectives that one can better understand the context of the lives of African immigrants in Australia.


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  1. 1.Living Cultural Studies and Flinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia

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