Stanley Aronowitz is professor of sociology
Sociology is the study of society. It is a social science—a term with which it is sometimes synonymous—which uses various methods of empirical investigation and critical analysis to develop a body of knowledge about human social activity...
, cultural studies, and urban education
Urban Education is a peer-reviewed academic journal that publishes papers in the field of Urban Studies. The journal's editor is H. Richard Milner . It has been in publication since 1965 and is currently published by SAGE Publications....
at the CUNY Graduate Center
CUNY Graduate Center
The Graduate Center of the City University of New York brings together graduate education, advanced research, and public programming to midtown Manhattan hosting 4,600 students, 33 doctoral programs, 7 master's programs, and 30 research centers and institutes...
. He is also a veteran political activist and cultural critic and an advocate for organized labor.
Social TextHe is the author of numerous books on class
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Culture is a term that has many different inter-related meanings. For example, in 1952, Alfred Kroeber and Clyde Kluckhohn compiled a list of 164 definitions of "culture" in Culture: A Critical Review of Concepts and Definitions...
, sociology of science, and politics
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. With Fredric Jameson
Fredric Jameson is an American literary critic and Marxist political theorist. He is best known for his analysis of contemporary cultural trends—he once described postmodernism as the spatialization of culture under the pressure of organized capitalism...
and John Brenkman, he is a founding editor of Duke University
Duke University is a private research university located in Durham, North Carolina, United States. Founded by Methodists and Quakers in the present day town of Trinity in 1838, the school moved to Durham in 1892. In 1924, tobacco industrialist James B...
's Social Text
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, a journal that is subtitled "Theory, Culture, Ideology." He defended the journal from criticism after it published a hoax article in its Summer 1996 issue (see Sokal Affair
The Sokal affair, also known as the Sokal hoax, was a publishing hoax perpetrated by Alan Sokal, a physics professor at New York University. In 1996, Sokal submitted an article to Social Text, an academic journal of postmodern cultural studies...
). In that article, he stated that with this publication, "Our objective was to interrogate Marxists' habitual separation of political economy and culture and to make a contribution to their articulation, even reunification."
Green politicsIn 2002, Aronowitz led efforts to maintain the official ballot status of the Green Party in New York and ran for governor
New York gubernatorial election, 2002
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on that ticket the same year. He ran a grass roots campaign based on a radical democratic program that combined opposition to corporate power and plutocratic government with commitment to sustainability, racial equality, feminism, gay liberation and individual freedom. His campaign finished in 5th place, receiving 41,797 votes (.89%). He is also an active trade union
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ist and a member of the executive council of his university's union, the Professional Staff Congress, AFT
American Federation of Teachers
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. Aronowitz is a proponent of a reduced work week, among other strategies for improving everyday life, and works actively with the Basic Income Earth Network
Basic Income Earth Network
The Basic Income Earth Network is a network of academics and activists interested in the idea of a universal basic income, i.e. a guaranteed minimum income based solely on citizenship and not on work requirement or charity...
toward the furtherance of such goals.
Other activitiesIn 2005 he co-founded the journal Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination. He has also published articles in numerous publications and with a core group of intellectuals—faculty and students—at the Graduate Center, he spearheaded the effort to create the Center for Cultural Studies (now the Center for the Study of Culture, Technology and Work) in the spirit of fostering intellectual debate, multidisciplinarity, and the toppling of high cultural privilege in academia.
FamilyHe lives in New York City
New York City
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. He was married to Ellen Willis
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until her death in November 2006. He has five children.
- Honor America: The Nature of Fascism, Historic Struggles Against It and a Strategy for Today (1970)
- False Promises: The Shaping of American Working Class Consciousness (1974; second edition 1991)
- The Crisis in Historical Materialism: Class, Politics, and Culture in Marxist Theory (1981)
- Education Still Under Siege (Critical Studies in Education and Culture) by Stanley Aronowitz, Henry A. Giroux (1985)
- Science As Power: Discourse and Ideology in Modern Society (1988)
- Roll over Beethoven: The Return of Cultural Strife (1993)
- The Jobless Future: Sci-Tech and the Dogma of Work by Stanley Aronowitz, William Difazio (1995)
- The Death and Rebirth of American Radicalism (1996)
- Post-Work: The Wages of Cybernation Stanley Aronowitz (Co-Editor) with Jonathan Cutler (1997) ISBN 0-415-91782-4
- The Last Good Job in America (2001) ISBN 0-7425-0975-3
- The Knowledge Factory : Dismantling the Corporate University and Creating True Higher Learning (2001)
- Implicating Empire: Globalization and Resistance in the 21st Century by Stanley Aronowitz (editor) (2002)
- Paradigm Lost: State Theory Reconsidered Stanley Aronowitz (Editor), Peter Bratsis (Editor) (2002) ISBN 0-8166-3294-4
- Debating Empire (New Left Review Debates) by Gopal BalakrishnanGopal BalakrishnanGopal Balakrishnan is associate professor in the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, working on political thought, intellectual history, and critical theory. Balakrishnan studied European intellectual history and historical sociology at UCLA during the...
(editor), Stanley Aronowitz (editor) (2003)
- How Class Works : Power and Social Movement (2004)
- Just Around The Corner: The Paradox Of The Jobless Recovery (2005)
- Left Turn: Forging a New Political Future (2006)
- Against Schooling: For an Education That Matters (The Radical Imagination) (2008)
- "On Narcissism". TELOSTELOS (journal)Telos is an academic journal published in the United States. It was founded in May 1968 to provide the New Left with a coherent theoretical perspective. It sought to expand the Husserlian diagnosis of "the crisis of European sciences" to prefigure a particular program of social reconstruction...
44 (Summer 1980). New York: Telos Press
- Aronowitz, Stanley (1993). Paulo Freire's radical democratic humanism. In P. McLaren & P. Leonard. (Eds.), Paulo FreirePaulo FreirePaulo Reglus Neves Freire was a Brazilian educator and influential theorist of critical pedagogy.-Biography:...
: A critical encounter (pp. 9-)
- "Setting the Record Straight: Zionism from the Standpoint of its Jewish Critics", Logos, issue 3.3 (summer 2004).
- Official website
- A review of Aronowitz's The Jobless Future, with Aronowitz's response
- Library of Congress Stanley Aronowitz Election 2002 Web Archive
- A Mills Revival? by Stanley Aronowitz
- Setting the Record Straight: Zionism from the Standpoint of its Jewish Critics by Stanley Aronowitz
- The Democrats Desperately Seeking Defeat by Stanley Aronowitz
- On the AFL-CIO Split by Stanley Aronowitz
- Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination