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Social Text

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Social Text
DisciplineCultural studies
Edited byJayna Brown, David Sartorius
Publication details
Duke University Press (United States)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Soc. Text
ISSN0164-2472 (print)
1527-1951 (web)
OCLC no.423561805

Social Text is a non-peer-reviewed academic journal published by Duke University Press. Since its inception by an independent editorial collective in 1979, Social Text has addressed a wide range of social and cultural phenomena, covering questions of gender, sexuality, race, and the environment. Each issue covers subjects in the debates around feminism, Marxism, neoliberalism, postcolonialism, postmodernism, queer theory, and popular culture. The journal has since been run by different collectives over the years, mostly based at New York City universities. It has maintained an avowedly progressive political orientation and scholarship over these years, if also a less Marxist one. Since 1992, it is published by Duke University Press.[1]

The journal gained notoriety in 1996 for the Sokal affair, when it published a nonsensical article that physicist Alan Sokal had deliberately written as a hoax. The editors of the journal were awarded the 1996 Ig Nobel Prize for literature by "eagerly publishing research that they could not understand, that the author said was meaningless, and which claimed that reality does not exist".[2] The journal does not[3] practice academic peer review, and it did not submit the article for outside expert review by a physicist.[4][1] The Sokal article was not retracted by the journal.

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  1. ^ a b "Mystery Science Theater". Lingua Franca. Retrieved 2014-12-10.
  2. ^ "The 1996 Ig Nobel Prize Winners". Improbable Research. August 2006. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Peer Review". Social Text. 27 (3). doi:10.1215/01642472-2009-031. Retrieved 28 April 2023.
  4. ^ Sokal, Alan D. (November 28, 1994). "Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity". Social Text #46/47 (spring/summer 1996). Duke University Press. pp. 217–252. Retrieved April 3, 2007.