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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
16. Diaspora–Michael Ralph
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
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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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 socialtextonline.org.