Hall, the leading figure in British cultural studies, was born in Kingston,
Jamaica in 1932. He came to the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.In
the 1950s Hall co-founded two radical journals, The New Reasoner and New Left Review.
Hall coined the
term Thatcherism in a Marxism Today article in January 1979, months before Margaret Thatcher moved into Downing Street. He argued presciently that Thatcher's radical
alteration of Britain's social,
economic and political terrain would outlive her.
Hall's many books include Encoding and Decoding in the Television Discourse (1973),
Policing the Crisis (1978), Questions of Cultural Identity (1996) and Cultural
Representations and Signifying Practices (1997).