Stanley Aronowitz

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Stanley Aronowitz (born 1933) is a professor of sociology, cultural studies, and urban education at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is also a veteran political activist and cultural critic, an advocate for organized labor and a member of the interim consultative committee of the International Organization for a Participatory Society.[1] In 2012, Aronowitz was awarded the Center for Study of Working Class Life's Lifetime Achievement Award at Stony Brook University.[2]

Social Text[edit]

Aronowitz is the author of numerous books on class, culture, sociology of science, and politics. With Fredric Jameson and John Brenkman, he is a founding editor of Duke University's Social Text, 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).[3] 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." Aronowitz, however, was not a working editor at the time of the Sokal scandal and had not seen the paper before publication. In an interview in the Brooklyn Rail after the publication of Taking it Big: C. Wright Mills and the Making of Political Intellectuals, Aronowitz cites Mills's influence on his beliefs when he states, "My own insights, as a result of my own experience as a worker, as a trade unionist, and as an activist, were stimulated and, to some extent, guided by Mills’s example. His three major books on American social structure—The New Men of Power, White Collar, and The Power Elite—together constitute a compelling intellectual program for our own times."[4]

Green politics[edit]

In 2002, Aronowitz led efforts to maintain the official ballot status of the Green Party in New York and ran for governor 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 unionist and a member of the executive council of his university's union, the Professional Staff Congress, AFT. 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 toward the furtherance of such goals.[citation needed]

Other activities[edit]

In 1965 Aronowitz was one of the lecturers at the Free University of New York shortly after it was founded.[5]

In 2005 Aronowitz 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. In 1969, Aronowitz, Jeremy Brecher, Paul Mattick Jr., and Peter Rachleff, began sporadically publishing a magazine and pamphlet series called Root & Branch[6][7] drawing on the tradition of workers councils and adapting them to contemporary America.[citation needed]


Aronowitz lives in New York City. He was married to Ellen Willis until her death in November 2006. He has five children.[citation needed]



  • 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 1992)
  • "Food, shelter, and the American dream" (1974)
  • The Crisis in Historical Materialism: Class, Politics, and Culture in Marxist Theory (1981)
  • "Working Class Hero: A New Strategy for Labor" (1983)
  • Education 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)
  • "Postmodern Education: Politics, Culture, and Social Criticism" by Stanley Aronowitz, Henry A. Giroux (1991)
  • "The Politics of Identity: Class, Culture, Social Movements" (1992)
  • "Dead Artists, Live Theories, and Other Cultural Problems" (1993)
  • Roll over Beethoven: The Return of Cultural Strife (1993)
  • The Jobless Future: Sci-Tech and the Dogma of Work by Stanley Aronowitz, William Difazio (1993, second edition 2010)
  • "Technoscience and Cyberculture" Stanley Aronowitz (Co-Editor) with Barbara Martinsons, Michael Menser (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
  • "From The Ashes Of The Old: American Labor And America's Future" (1998)
  • 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 Balakrishnan (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)
  • Taking It Big: C. Wright Mills and the Making of Political Intellectuals (2012)
  • "The Death and Life of American Labor: Toward a New Worker's Movement" (2014)
  • "Against Orthodoxy: Social Theory and its Discontents" (2015)



  1. ^ "International Organization for a Participatory Society: Consultative Committee". International Organization for a Participatory Society. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Smulewicz-Zucker, Gregory (Jul–Aug 2012). "STANLEY ARONOWITZ with Gregory Smulewicz-Zucker". The Brooklyn Rail. 
  3. ^ Aronowitz, S. (1997) Alan Sokal's "Transgression". Dissent, Winter 1997.
  4. ^ Smulewicz-Zucker, Gregory (July–August 2012). "Stanley Aronowitz with Gregory Smulewicz-Zucker". The Brooklyn Rail. 
  5. ^ Berke, Joseph (29 October 1965), "The Free University of New York", Peace News: 6–7  as reproduced in Jakobsen, Jakob (2012), Anti-University of Londin–Antihistory Tabloid, London: MayDay Rooms, pp. 6–7 
  6. ^ "Root & Branch". A Liberatarian Socialist Journal. 1973. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  7. ^ Root & Branch: The Rise of the Workers' Movements. Greenwich, CT: Fawcett. 1975. 

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Al Lewis
Green Party Nominee for Governor of New York
Succeeded by
Malachy McCourt