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– Cultural Studies <i>and</i> Post-Marxism

Paul Bowman

in Post-Marxism Versus Cultural Studies

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780748617623
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652785 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748617623.003.0001
– Cultural Studies and Post-Marxism

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Given Stuart Hall’s influential status in cultural studies, this chapter clarifies Hall’s important and influential conception of cultural studies’ purpose and methods of operation. It clarifies that the foundations of his views relate fundamentally both to deconstruction and, crucially, to the deconstructive post-Marxist political theory of Laclau and Mouffe (1985). The chapter points out that Laclau and Mouffe’s theory that culture and politics are contingent and hegemonic has become strongly influential within cultural studies, and also considers the Derridean deconstructive complication or complexification of the idea of the political. Derrida extends the consideration and conception of the political in such a way as to make it inextricable from the institutional and ultimately even the textual. In light of this contribution, the ‘problem’ of post-Marxism and cultural studies that this discussion engages relates to the question of academico-political responsibilities.

Keywords: political theory; Stuart Hall; cultural studies; Laclau and Mouffe; Derrida; academico-political responsibilities

Chapter.  22482 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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