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Answering Articulation In “On Postmodernism and Articulation”, Lawrence Grossberg interviews Stewart Hall, asking him to describe his theory of articulation of ideology. In the following paper, I will layout how Hall defines articulation and how he relates it to politics and religion. Hall believes that articulation has two meanings. The first meaning is to speak, utter, or express. In the sense of an articulated lorry, the other definition of articulation is “the form of the connection that can make a unity of two different elements, under certain conditions. It’s a linkage which is not necessary, determined, absolute and essential for all time” (141). Unity in a discourse is the articulation different elements than can be rearticulated since they don’t have a necessary linkage. The unity that does matter is the linkage between discourse and social forces which can but not necessarily be connected by certain historical conditions.
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Unformatted text preview: The theory of articulation is how an ideology discovers it subject. Hall references Ernest Laclau stating “political connotation of ideological elements has no necessary belongingness, and we need to look at the non-necessary connection between practices” (142). For example, there is no necessary political connation that is linked to religion. Yet, that doesn’t mean religion is free-floating. It is present historically in a certain form secured in relation to many ideas. Religion’s political and ideological meaning “comes precisely from its position within a formation” (142). In this interview, Hall explains that articulation is linkage that is not necessary. Articulation explains how ideology becomes associated its particular idea. Works Cited Hall, Stuart. Critical Dialogues in Cultural Studies . “On Postmodernism and Articulation”. David Morely, New York: Routledge, 1996. 141-143....
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