A writer-editor-teacher’s quote of the week #24

“Since ordinary people are not cultural dopes, they are perfectly capable of recognizing the way realities of working-class life are reorganized, reconstructed and reshaped by the way they are represented (i.e. re-presented) [. . .]. The cultural industries do have the power constantly to rework and reshape what they represent; and, by repetition and selection, to impose and implant such definitions of ourselves as fit more easily the descriptions of the dominant or preferred culture. That is what the concentration of cultural power – the means of culture-making the heads of the few – actually means. These definitions don’t have the power to occupy our minds; they don’t function on us as if we are blank screens. But they do occupy and rework the interior contradictions of feeling and perception in the dominated classes; they do find or clear a space of recognition in those who respond to them. Cultural domination has real effects— even if these are neither all-powerful nor all-inclusive.”

– from ” . . . Deconstructing ‘The Popular'” by Stuart Hall in Cultural Resistance Reader, edited by Stephen Duncombe

1 Comment »

  1. Which is why, with so many cultural organisations funded by governments, we really should be seeing a push for more diversity in the staff of these institutions. A diverse staff may make for a more democratic representation and voice… Sounds good in theory anyway 🙂


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