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

Cummins, I ORCID: 2019, 'Reading Stuart Hall : the influence of the New Left on social work' , Critical and Radical Social Work, 7 (3) , pp. 367-379.

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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.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Critical and Radical Social Work
Publisher: Policy Press
ISSN: 2049-8608
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Depositing User: ID Cummins
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2019 11:34
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 13:14

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