Despite the divergence between the accounts given by Stanley Aronowitz and Fredric Jameson of the origins of the name Social Text, it is worth exploring the use of the phrase in the work of Henri Lefebvre. Even if it is ultimately a false cognate, the chapter titled "The Social Text" in the second volume of his Critique of Everyday Life (published in French in 1961) is an intriguing intertext for the journal, especially given the importance of the category of the "everyday" in its early issues. In Social
Text 1 (1979), the first thematic area announced in the "Prospectus" is "Everyday Life and Revolutionary Praxis": "One of the most important new concepts in radical thinking is that of 'everyday life' as an area of theory and praxis distinct from the familiar ones of knowledge, political action, economic formation, social institutions, and the like." Whether or not the founding editors were then familiar with Lefebvre, they were clearly attuned to the energetic dialogue emerging around this rubric in French theory (in a field very much shaped by Lefebvre's work). If the journal's name can be taken to be not only a declaration of its collective editorial orientation but also something of a "prospectus" of its potential horizon of inquiry, then one might suggest that part of its project has been to theorize social text through collective critical practice, through the concatenation of applications and recalibrations of the phrase.