Collective History: Thirty Years of <I>Social Text</I>

An issue of: Social Text

Collective History
Journal Issue Volume 27, Number 3 Number: 100 Published: 2009 An issue of Social Text
Special Issue Editor(s): Anna McCarthy, Brent Hayes Edwards
This issue marks the thirtieth anniversary of Social Text and celebrates the journal’s legacy. Offering a history of the journal since its inception in 1979, this issue explores the elements that have made Social Text what it is today: the intellectual impulses that first brought the editorial collective of scholars, artists, and activists together; the collective’s special commitment to collaborative journal editing; and the unique path the journal has taken to arrive at the distinctive place it now occupies in new left critical thought.

Featuring new interviews with Social Text’s founders and former editors—including Stanley Aronowitz, John Brenkman, Fredric Jameson, Randy Martin, Toby Miller, Bruce Robbins, Andrew Ross, Sohnya Sayres, and Anders Stephanson—the issue reflects on the journal’s legacy as a radical publication that has bridged politics and the academy and has made critical interventions in both arenas. Several contributors revisit the first issue of the journal and describe its lasting impact. Others examine the politics of production at Social Text and detail the hands-on process of putting the journal together. Notably, the issue also features thirty essays by members of the current editorial collective, on key topics that have been crucial to the journal. Ranging from aesthetics to war, and including empire, mass culture, revolution, science, and theory, these essays bring to life the cultural history of the journal and demonstrate how Social Text has shaped the way that these terms are conceptualized and used today.

Contributors. The forty-four contributors include the current members of the Social Text collective and a number of former members. For a complete list of the collective, visit


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1. Introduction–Brent Hayes Edwards, Anna McCarthy

2. The Collective as a Political Model

3. Aesthetics–Susette Min

4. Affect–Ann Pellegrini, Jasbir Puar

5. AIDS–Ed Cohen, Julie Livingston

6. (Theorizing the) Americas–Ana María Dopico

7. Art–Tavia Nyong'o

8. Body–Micki McGee

9. China–David L. Eng, Teemu Ruskola

10. Cold War–Nikhil Pal Singh

11. The Social Life of the Collective

12. Collective–Brent Hayes Edwards, Anna McCarthy, Randy Martin

13. Commodity–Michael Ralph

14. Culture–Patrick Deer

15. Departures

16. Diaspora–Michael Ralph

17. Interdisciplinarity

18. Disciplinarity–Shireen R. K. Patell

19. Empire–Neferti X. M. Tadiar

20. Environment–Ashley Dawson

21. Feminism–Livia Tenzer

22. Film and Mass Culture–Anna McCarthy

23. The Future of the Journals

24. Governmentality–Tariq Jazeel

25. Hip-Hop–Michael Ralph

26. Ideology–Stefano Harney

27. Independent Publishing

28. Labor and Class–Rick Maxwell

29. Marxism–David Kazanjian

30. National Allegory–Brian Larkin

31. Peer Review

32. Performance–Tavia Nyong'o

33. Literature

34. Poetry–Brent Hayes Edwards

35. Policy and Planning–Fred Moten, Stefano Harney

36. Postcolonialism–Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel

37. The Means of Production

38. Production–Andrew Ross

39. The First Issue

40. Prospectus–John Brenkman

41. Queer and Disorderly–Gustavus Stadler

42. The Queer Social Text–José Esteban Muñoz

43. Racial Politics (in the United States)–Roopali Mukherjee

44. Revolution–María Josefina Saldaña-Portillo and David Sartorius

45. "Social Text"

46. Social Text–Brent Hayes Edwards, Alondra Nelson, Tavia Nyong'o

47. State–Heather Gautney

48. Theory–Phillip Brian Harper

49. University–Randy Martin, Eng-Beng Lim

50. War–Allen Feldman

51. The Social Text Collective: 1979 to 2009

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