About the Journal
Focus and Scope
Affinities is a web-based journal that focuses on groups, movements, and communities that set out to construct sustainable alternatives to the racist, hetero-sexist, system of liberal-capitalist nation-states. We are interested in questions such as: What kind of experiments are out there, beyond the state and corporate forms? How are they working, what obstacles are they encountering? What are people doing to emulate their successes and avoid their failures? How do these experiments relate to various histories of radical struggle? How do we build lasting culture(s) of resistance and (re-)construction? There is much work to be done to adequately understand the new forms that radical politics are taking today. What are the common paths shared by groups, movements, communities, and peoples that seek to construct sustainable alternatives to the existing order? What are the inequalities, prejudices, and forms of oppression (race, gender, sexuality, class, ability) that divide these formations, both internally and from each other? For it is only through changes in practice that can result from such a discussion that we can work out ways in which solidarity across these divisions can be strengthened. Affinities will publish work that comes from perspectives including, but not limited to, anarchism, anti-racism, autonomist marxism, disability studies, ecology, feminism, indigenous politics, poststructuralism, postcolonial studies, and queer theory. We do not seek to synthesize or prioritize any of these traditions; rather, we are interested in the ways in which they intersect, in how they can inform and critique one another while retaining their own particular approaches and questions. Two Editorial Streams One of the goals of Affinities is to acknowledge and strengthen the links that exist between academic, activist, and artistic communities, and to aid in the creation of new links wherever possible. We are therefore committed to publishing both academic and activist writing, as well as other forms of radical cultural production. The journal maintains an editorial board that includes activists, journalists, artists, and university-based researchers. Contributors who want to have their submissions peer-reviewed will have this option, while those who do not want or need this process need not go through it. We are, of course, also interested in work that would be difficult to classify as belonging solely in either of these streams. Each issue of Affinities will be oriented to a particular theme that is in keeping with the larger mandate of the journal. In order to ensure a minimum of coherence for each issue, please ensure that your article engages the specific theme of particular issue you are submitting for. While Affinities is committed to promoting excellent writing, please do your best to avoid over-citation, obfuscation, and academic jargon. The goal of the journal, both in its composition and its imagined audience, is to be both broad and inclusive.
Issues of Affinities will always be thematically driven, and will appear irregularly.
Open Access Policy
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