Stanley Aronowitz

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Stanley Aronowitz

Stanley Aronowitz is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at CUNY Graduate Center, where he is Director of The Center for the Study of Culture, Technology and Work. He has taught at Staten Island Community College, University of California-Irvine, University of Paris, Columbia University, and University of Wisconsin[1].

He works with the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education & Labor Studies.[2]

Early life

After working in metalworking factories in New York and New Jersey, Aronowitz became a union organizer for the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers' Union[3].

Studies on the Left

Stanley Aronowitz was editor of Studies on the Left, from 1964 to 1967. SOTL was a publication which "helped to revive radical scholarship in the United States and to create a new radical understanding of the American political economy. Second, Studies contributed to the consciousness and ideological development of the New Left."

Norman Thomas lecture


Stanley Aronowitz gave the Norman Thomas lecture for 1977.

New American Movement 10th convention

In 1981 Stanley Aronowitz, NY NAM; Bill Barclay, Political Committee and Jean Ross, San Francisco NAM spoke on a mini-plenary entitled Reaganomics: Accumulation, Consumption and Class Conflict at the 10th Convention of the New American Movement. The convention was held in a union headquarters in Chicago and ran from July 29 - August 2, 1981.

Aronowitz also spoke alongside Laura Batt, Lexington NAM; Travis Donoho, Austin NAM and Judy D. Johnson, Rosa Parks NAM spoke on a mini-plenary entitled Organizing Southern Labor.[4]

New American Movement Speakers Bureau

In the 1980s Stanley Aronowitz was a speaker on the Culture section of the NAM Speakers Bureau on the subject of Politics and Culture.[5]

Tribute to Ben Dobbs

On Sunday, June 7, 1981, the Los Angeles Chapter of the New American Movement sponsored a Tribute to Ben Dobbs for "His lifelong commitment to socialism". The event was held at the Miramar-Sheraton Hotel, Santa Monica, California. Sponsors of the event included Stanley Aronowitz.[6]

DSA Conference delegate

In 1983 Stanley Aronowitz was a New York delegate to the Democratic Socialists of America conference in New York City, October 14-16, 1983[7]

American Solidarity Movement

The American Solidarity Movement was announced in early 1984 by Democratic Socialists of America, as a vehicle to support American labor unions it considered under attack, or on strike and in need of support.

Members of the Initiating Committee for an American Solidarity Movement were: Michael Harrington (convenor), Stanley Aronowitz, Balfour Brickner, Harry Britt, Harvey Cox, Rep. Ron Dellums, Bogdan Denitch, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cynthia Epstein, Jules Feiffer, Rep. Barney Frank, Msgr. George Higgins, Irving Howe, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Frances Fox Piven, Jose Rivera, Ray Rogers, Gloria Steinem, Peter Steinfels, Ellen Willis.[8]

Socialist Scholars Conference 1990

The Socialist Scholars Conference 1990, held September 6-8, at the Hotel Commodore, New York, included panels such as:[9]

Intellectuals and the Cold War

Socialist Scholars Conference 1992

Jim O'Connor, Don Amter, DSA Environmental Commission, Stanley Aronowitz, CUNY and Ariel Saleh were speakers on the Science and Technology Under Capitalism: An Ecological View panel sponsored by Social Text at the Tenth Annual Socialist Scholars Conference. The conference was held April 24-26, 1992 at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York City.

He spoke alongside Andrew Arato, New School for Social Research and Jean Cohen on the Author Meets the Critics panel sponsored by the Michael Harrington Center.

Aronowitz also spoke alongside Wayne Sing-Wai, CUNY; Michael Lighty, Director, Democratic Socialists of America; Charlene Mitchell, Committees of Correspondence; Aldyn McKean, ACT UP and Lynne Chancer were speakers on the What road for the Left? panel.[10]

Socialist Scholars 1997

The Democratic Socialists of America sponsored 1997 Socialist Scholars Conference was held March 28- 30 at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York[11].

Workshops included Stanley Aronowitz on his most recent book "The Death and Rebirth of American Radicalism";


cy.Rev: A Journal of Cybernetic Revolution, Sustainable Socialism and Radical Democracy.

Green Party

In 2002, Aronowitz stood as a Green Party USA candidate in New York. [13]

DSA’s Cuba Letter

Stanley Aronowitz signed an April 2003 Statement on Cuba, initiated and circulated[14] by prominent Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) member Leo Casey, calling for the lifting of trade sanctions against Cuba.

“a statement circulating among democratic left/socialist folks, largely by members of Democratic Socialists of America, condemning the recent trials and convictions of non-violent dissenters in Cuba”.

The petition criticized Cuba's poor human rights record, but shared the blame for Cuba's problems with reactionary elements of the U.S. administration...

The democratic left worldwide has opposed the U.S. embargo on Cuba as counterproductive, more harmful to the interests of the Cuban people than helpful to political democratization. The Cuban state's current repression of political dissidents amounts to collaboration with the most reactionary elements of the U.S. administration in their efforts to maintain sanctions and to institute even more punitive measures against Cuba.

Many of the petition's 120 odd signatories were known members of DSA.

Hands off Venezuela!

In May 2005 Hands off Venezuela! circulated an internet petition: "from American trade unionists and workers to the appeal to the U.S. government to stay out of Venezuela." Stanley Aronowitz of New York City, American Federation of Teachers endorsed the petition.[15]

Left Forum

Liza Featherstone of The Nation, Cornel West, Adolfo Gilly, Hilary Wainwright of Red Pepper and Stanley Aronowitz were speakers on the opening plenary, Forgoing a Radical Political Future at the Left Forum. The forum was held March 9 - 11, 2007 at Cooper Union College, New York City[16]

Left Forum 2008

US Manufacturing: Restructuring Or Disappearing?: The hollowing out of American manufacturing is an article of faith in much left analysis, but the truth is more complex and this has important organizing, bargaining, and political implications

  • Mark Brenner, Labor Notes, “Overview of job loss and restructuring in US manufacturing”
  • Nicole Aschoff, Sociology, John Hopkins University, "New data on the net flow of jobs out of and into the US auto industry”
  • Stanley Aronowitz, Graduate Center, CUNY, long-time labor activist, “The shift to high tech manufacturing and the implications for organizing”
  • Moderator: Sam Gindin, York University, former Assistant to the President of CAW, Socialist Register

Gramsci Symposium

The College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University hosted “Gramsci Now: Cultural and Political Theory,” an international symposium to mark the 70th anniversary of the death of Antonio Gramsci, November 9-11, 2007 in East Lansing, Michigan, USA.

Presenters were: Stanley Aronowitz, Joseph Buttigieg, Kate Crehan, Roberto Dainotto, Michael Denning, Benedetto Fontana, Stephen Gill, Marcia Landy, Guido Liguori, Frank Rosengarten, David Ruccio, Epifanio San Juan[17].

MDS Board member

On February 17, 2007, the Movement for a Democratic Society held a well attended conference[18]at New York City’s New School University.

The business portion of the meeting followed with each board nominee introducing themselves to the conference. The board, a very diverse group, was voted in by acclamation... Board nominees where were not able to attend the conference were included in the appointment by acclamation. The list included Elliott Adams, Panama Vicente Alba, Tariq Ali, Stanley Aronowitz, David Barsamian, Rosalyn Baxandall, John Bracey, Jr., John Brittain, Robb Burlage, Noam Chomsky, Jayne Cortez, Carl Davidson, Angela Davis, Bernardine Dohrn, Barbara Epstein, Gustavo Esteva, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Stephen Fleischman, Bill Fletcher, Jr., Tom Hayden, Gerald Horne, Florence Howe, Mike James, Robin D G Kelley, Alice Kessler Harris, Rashid Khalidi, Mike Klonsky, Betita Martinez, Ethelbert Miller, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Barbara Ransby, Patricia Rose, Michael Rossman, Studs Terkel, Charlene Teters, Jerry Tucker, Immanuel Wallerstein, Cornel West, Leonard Weinglass and Howard Zinn.

Open letter to Andy Stern

On May 1 2008, Stanley Aronowitz, a Professor of Sociology at the City University of New York Graduate Center signed an open letter to SEIU president Andy Stern in protest at SEIU moves to force its local United Healthcare Workers into trusteeship.

"We are writing to express our deep concern about SEIU's threatened trusteeship over its third largest local, United Healthcare Workers (UHW). We believe that there must always be room within organized labor for legitimate and principled dissent, if our movement is to survive and grow. Putting UHW under trusteeship would send a very troubling message and be viewed, by many, as a sign that internal democracy is not valued or tolerated within SEIU. In our view, this would have negative consequences for the workers directly affected, the SEIU itself, and the labor movement as a whole. We strongly urge you to avoid such a tragedy."

Center for the Study of Working Class Life

In 2009 Stanley Aronowitz, Sociology, of CUNY Graduate Center served as an Academic on the Advisory board for the Center for the Study of Working Class Life[19].

Center for Labor Renewal

In 2009 Stanley Aronowitz was listed as an endorser of the Center for Labor Renewal[20].

Left Forum board

In 2009, the Left Forum board included Stanley Aronowitz, Roderick Bush, Eric Canepa, Vivek Chibber, Nancy Holmstrom, Jamie McCallum, Lorraine Minnite, Frances Fox Piven, Hobart Spalding, Bill Tabb, Richard D. Wolf and Julia Wrigley[21].

Left Forum 2011

International Labor Solidarity:

Sponsored by: Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society


He has authored and edited 23 books, including:

  • False Promises (1973)
  • Food, Shelter, and the American Dream
  • Science as Power (1988)
  • Roll Over Beethoven (1993)
  • How Class Works (2003)
  • Just Around the Corner: The Paradox of the Jobless Recovery (2005)
  • Left Turn: Forging a New Political Future (2006)

Aronowitz is also the Founding Editor of Social Text and Situations, was Book Review Editor of Social Policy, and serves on the Editorial Board of Ethnography; Cultural Critique. He edited and wrote the introduction for a 4-volume critical reception of C.Wright Mills (2004), and is currently writing a biography of Mills.[22]

New Politics

As of 2009 Stanley Aronowitz served as a sponsor of New Politics, magazine almost completely staffed and run by members of Democratic Socialists of America[23].

Campaign for Peace and Democracy

Aronowitz is listed as an endorser of the Campaign for Peace and Democracy, as of March 15, 2010.[24]

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