Stuart Hall Project

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The Stuart Hall Project (2013) is a non-linear documentary directed by John Akomfrah, which puts together a total of 800 hours of archives; radio, television or on film footages following Stuart Hall’s journey as a young Jamaican man who decided to move to Oxford for the start of his university studies. Throughout his journey of self-discovery, he explains how moving to England has forever changed his thinking on race, identity and culture, which he is now known for, as it also helped develop British Cultural Studies (Dudrah 2016). After the documentary was made public, it became an essential part of learning about British culture and identity, it showed how migrating to England could be an eye-opening experience in order to discover your identity…show more content…
During this chapter Hall’s discussions on colonial identity in Jamaica are interweaved with a number of personal stories, such as the one about his sister being forbidden to marry the man she loved due to his skin colour. The prelude to Hall’s early experiences is of prodigious significance to the formation of Hall’s identity and is both revealing and distressing as to the questions Hall would later consider, articulate, re-cerebrate and revise. Conceptions of displacement, movement and belonging have been concepts Hall has returned to throughout his vocation (Dhondee, 2014). Then, as Hall turned nineteen, he decided to move to Oxford, where he was so positive that he would live new experiences, however, it seemed like things were not that different. The experience would contribute to shaping his identity as a diaspora. In the documentary he even mentions: “When I got there I realized that someone like me couldn’t really be part of it all. The heartland was a very profound shock”, at this point, Stuart…show more content…
For example many people who live in Britain do not necessarily identify as British, nationality is a matter of allegiance and cultural affiliation. While culture may be optically distinguished as ‘lived experience’ shared by a group of people who relate to one another through prevalent intrigues and influences, identity is concerned with how people optically discern themselves, or are visually perceived, in relation to others (Storry and Childs, 2012:3-4). After having lived through colonial and post-colonial Jamaica but also in Oxford, Stuart Hall came up with theories about the relationship between migration and identity. He says that after moving to Oxford, he always identified himself as a migrant that was different from the majority of British people, however instead of him feeling marginalized, he actually believed he was modern. By that he means that by being so scattered and fragmented comes illogically, to be the symbolic modern experience, he explains that this helped him understand something important about identity which he says: “I’ve been puzzled by the fact that young black people in London today are marginalized, fragmented, unenfranchized, disadvantaged and dispersed. And yet, they look as if they own the territory.” (Hall, 1996: 134). Stuart Hall describes that there are two
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