Stuart was a Rhodes scholar at Merton College, Oxford, the first editor of New Left Review, director of the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies in Birmingham and then professor of sociology at the Open University. His television work includes the BBC series Redemption Songs, about the Caribbean. He was President of the British Sociological Association and a member of the Runnymede Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain. He was awarded more than 20 honorary degrees.
He was chair of arts organisations Iniva and Autograph ABP, a founding editor of journal Soundings and author of many articles and books on politics and culture including “The Great Moving Right Show” (for Marxism Today), in which he famously coined the term ‘Thatcherism’, and Policing the Crisis.
A memoir and collection of essays will be published posthumously.