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Jeremiah from Jamaica

Stuart Hall has been a central figure on the left for 40 years. The father of cultural studies-with its jargon-encrusted prose-is now in bleak mood

Stuart Hall’s adult life encompasses the history of modern black settlement in Britain. He was born 64 years ago in Kingston, Jamaica, and when he arrived at Bristol dock by steamer with his mother in 1951, to enroll as a Rhodes scholar at Merton College, Oxford, mass black immigration into Britain had not even begun.

Unlike most of those who came on such scholarships, Hall never went home. One year off retirement now, afflicted with arthritis and walking with a stick, he has the sober, university common room style that marks out his generation of middle class black Britons from…

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