Race, gender and class in mass media

Stuart Hall was a Jamaican-born cultural theorist and sociologist. After graduating at the University of Oxford he held a number of academic university positions, retiring from the Open University in 1997. The following video explores some of Hall’s thinking relating to the power of mainstream media in representing race, gender, class, ethnicity and religion. He argued that there is a hidden ideology in the mass media and that the media theorist should find the ideology and critique it.

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Read the following blog post hosted on Al Jazeera’s The Listening Post authored by Arun Kundnani. Arun holds a PhD from London Metropolitan University. He writes about race, Islamophobia, political violence, and surveillance. In this blog post, Arun reflects on what Stuart Hall taught him about race and class in Britain and how the media contributed to those structures.