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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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  • Description

    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.

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