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  • Minister of Youth and Culture, the Hon. Lisa Hanna, MP has hailed the cultural theorist, sociologist and public intellectual, Stuart Hall.
  • Hall had been living and working in the United Kingdom since 1951 when he won a Rhodes scholarship.
  • Stuart Hall put issues of media portrayal, identity, sexuality and race at the centre of academic debate.

Minister of Youth and Culture, the Hon. Lisa Hanna, MP has hailed the cultural theorist, sociologist and public intellectual, Stuart Hall, who died on Monday, February 10, at the age of 82.

Hall, who was born on February 3, 1932 in Jamaica, had been living and working in the United Kingdom since 1951 when he won a Rhodes scholarship.

Reacting to news of Hall’s passing, Minister Hanna said:

“When Stuart Hall went to Oxford and later, Birmingham, the study of culture was not taken seriously; it was considered one of those minor subjects.  Hall helped to change that by showing the importance and the interconnection of culture, politics and power.

“It is remarkable that Stuart Hall, a Jamaica College old boy, became one of the world’s leading intellectuals, one of the founding fathers of cultural studies and the ‘godfather of multiculturalism’.

“His work has helped to shape the global understanding, importance and approaches to dealing with culture.

“Stuart Hall made an extraordinary contribution to global thinking and Jamaica is proud to honour his accomplishments.”

Stuart Hall put issues of media portrayal, identity, sexuality and race at the centre of academic debate.  His work was considered to be groundbreaking.