Talk:Stuart Hall (cultural theorist)

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Policing the Crisis: Mugging, the State, and Law and Order was co-authored by Chas Critcher, Tony Jefferson, John Clarke and Brian Roberts.

i am deleting the section that says he retired to be host of politically incorrect, its not true.

No mention of 'The Empire Strikes Back' in the bibliography. A seminal study of British policing policy under Thatcher in the 1980s. He has been very poorly served by this article, which gives no indication of the wealth of research he has undertaken Jatrius 13:24, 23 October 2007 (UTC)


Stuart Hall is a very famous and oft-cited cultural theorist in the UK, in so far as cultural theorists can be famous. I suppose he would only be known among the chattering classes, but I hope Wikipedia is prepared to accept the "notability" of academics who have made major contributions to their subject. I am a lay person when it comes to sociology, but I am familiar with Stuart Hall because he is frequently asked to comment on the radio and on television. I will read the notability guidelines and try to amass some references but in the meantime please do not delete this article. I will be out of reach of my computer for the next 10 days so it will be at least that long. btw I have not written, nor contributed much to, this article, but am just an "interested bystander". Rachel Pearce (talk) 23:48, 28 December 2007 (UTC)

Not a proper reference for the article, but a few seconds' surfing produced this page, which shows that at least the BBC regards him as "one of the country's leading academics": Rachel Pearce (talk) 23:52, 28 December 2007 (UTC)

Hey everybody, I'm fairly new to editing wikipedia and I've been looking for a good place to make a contribution. This article seems to be a good place to start, as it needs a lot of work and doesn't seem to be getting much attention. I'm a cultural studies Grad Student and have some knowledge of Hall and access to plenty of sources, so I think I can do a good job here. I'm just going to go ahead and start working, but if anyone has any concerns just throw me a note! Afamiglietti (talk) 16:22, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

Notability of "Hall's Theory"?[edit]

Hello. I wonder whether this is an actual term used in the literature, or something someone just thought up for Wikipedia. I cannot find any real textual support for it:[1]. So I don't know exactly why it would be here. If no good sources can be found which talk about "Hall's Theory" (with the capitalised letter as though it's a concept in cultural theory) then I propose the information be integrated where it is otherwise appropriate, and the page be deleted. It currently seems only to serve to split up the information. This may be irritating for readers. Thank you. --TheSoundAndTheFury (talk) 02:16, 7 March 2010 (UTC)

It's probably more widely known as "encoding/decoding"; I'm not sure where "Hall's Theory" comes from. csloat (talk) 03:07, 7 March 2010 (UTC)
Another good point, I will change the term. By the way, it seems that pages about thinkers should have an "Influences" section, to establish their intellectual milieu. Seeing how Hall was influenced by Gramsci would be valuable for new readers, I think.--TheSoundAndTheFury (talk) 23:17, 7 March 2010 (UTC)


I'm concerned that this whole section is entirely based on a single secondary source - it would be much better if we attributed this view to Proctor, no? csloat (talk) 03:06, 7 March 2010 (UTC)

Yes, and I've added some some citations to make that clear. ----TheSoundAndTheFury (talk) 23:20, 7 March 2010 (UTC)

Contacting the subject for a photograph[edit]

I wonder if anyone watching this page knows how to contact the subject? I have done some searching and cannot a contact email. It must be possible to email a figure like this and see if he'd like to donate a photo we could use. Anyone who has experience with this generally, and/or knows how to contact the subject: please consider it. --TheSoundAndTheFury (talk) 01:10, 8 March 2010 (UTC)


The article states that he, 'has lived and worked in the United Kingdom since 1951', but the box on the right says he resides in Ireland. This looks like a possible contradiction. Usually the use of 'Ireland' without qualification refers to the republic of Ireland and 'Northern Ireland' is used to refer to that part of Ireland that's part of the UK. Can anyone clarify which is intended here? Pdenisb (talk) 12:09, 9 August 2012 (UTC)

Assessment comment[edit]

The comment(s) below were originally left at Talk:Stuart Hall (cultural theorist)/Comments, and are posted here for posterity. Following several discussions in past years, these subpages are now deprecated. The comments may be irrelevant or outdated; if so, please feel free to remove this section.

This is a cursory overview of Hall's work, and would benefit from more work on inline citations, a deeper discussion of his theory of encoding/decoding, more complete bibliography, and further explanation of his impact on media studies in particular. Also, a photograph would be useful. Hall is a notable figure within media studies, and is widely cited, although his recognition beyond the field in the U.S. at least is limited. Bmurley 14:30, 9 December 2006 (UTC) bmurley

Last edited at 14:30, 9 December 2006 (UTC). Substituted at 07:11, 30 April 2016 (UTC)

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