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OKCIR: The Omar Khayyam Center for Integrative Research in Utopia, Mysticism, and Science (Utopystics) (est. 2002) is an independent research, pedagogical, and publishing initiative dedicated to exploring, in a simultaneously world-historical and self-reflective framework, the human search for a just global society.

Since the world’s utopian, mystical, and scientific movements have been the primary sources of inspiration, knowledge, and/or practice in this field, OKCIR aims to critically reexamine the limits and contributions of these world-historical traditions—seeking to clearly understand why they have failed to bring about the good society, and what each can integratively contribute toward realizing that end.

The center aims to develop new conceptual (methodological, theoretical, historical), practical, curricular, inspirational, and disseminative structures of knowledge whereby the individual can radically understand and determine how world-history and her/his selves constitute one another.

OKCIR promotes creative exercises in liberating applied sociology and alternative pluriversities of knowledge production and dissemination in the global cyberspace. As a virtual research center, its publications are available in part freely online in its open-stacks digital library, in part via subscription to its own or other academic database member-stacks, and others for purchase online via the Okcir Store and other online distributors. Selected publications are also available in print for online purchase by libraries, institutions, and interested print readers.

OKCIR pursues innovative editorial, virtual, and print publishing practices reflecting its substantive goals, and is the publisher of Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge (ISSN: 1540-5699, est. 2002) which explores issues pertaining to the center’s interests. (Read more…)

 

 

Latest News

• OKCIR director, Mohammad H. (Behrooz) Tamdgidi, retired early from his tenured position as Associate Professor of Sociology at UMass Boston in December 2013 in order to devote full-time to the independent pursuit of his scholarship via OKCIR. Read more.

• OKCIR is pleased to announce the publication of the Fall 2013 (vol. XI, 1) issue of Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge in its Edited Collection Series. The issue is devoted to "Conversations with Enrique Dussel on Anti-Cartesian Decoloniality and Pluriversal Transmodernity." Issue co-editors George Ciccariello-Maher (Drexel University) and Ramón Grosfoguel (U.C. Berkeley) collaborated with the journal editor Mohammad Tamdgidi in publishing this volume. Read more.

• OKCIR to take a break from publishing the Edited Collection Series of Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge in order to commence the journal's new Monograph and Translation Series. Read more.

• OKCIR to publish the first volume of its journal's Monograph and Translation Series: Reimagining Sociology: Toward the Sociology of Self-Knowledge, Human Architecture, and Utopystics (Comparative Essays in Theory for a Liberating Applied Sociology) (forthcoming). Read more.

• OKCIR to publish a Persian translation of Advancing Utopistics: The Three Component Parts and Errors of Marxism (forthcoming). Read more.

 

 

About the Okcir Library

• OKCIR has since its inception in 2002 made the contents of the edited collection series of Human Architecture freely accessible online. These can be accessed via the Okcir Library links for each of the issues published to date. The hard copies of all the previous issues of the journal can now be ordered via the Okcir Store, or via selected online bookstores world-wide.

• The new manuscript series of Human Architecture to commence in 2014 will be made available in parts freely accessible online, and in part for purchase via the Okcir Store or (forthcoming) via selected online academic databases or bookstores world-wide.

About the Okcir Store

• OKCIR is pleased to announce the opening of its online Okcir Store. Its publications, digital or in hard copy, can now be ordered online. Read more.

 

About the Okcir Blog

• OKCIR is pleased to announce the launching of its Okcir Blog. This Blog will provide a conduit for timely commentaries on OKCIR's onging research, activities, and projects. It will also be the primary vehicle for reflecting on online conversations and reviews generated by Okcir's publications. Read more.

 

About the Okcir Forum

• OKCIR has since its inception sought to creatively establish new forums to pursue conversations relevant to its scholarship interests. Significant efforts were made in this area during the first four years of Okcir director's involvement as a faculty at UMass Boston, through the principal co-founding, and co-organizing, and proceedings editing of the Social Theory Forum at UMass Boston. The programs and published proceedings of the first four annual meetings of the Social Theory Forum during the 2003-2007 period (on Paulo Friere, Edward Said, Gloria Anzaldúa, and Frantz Fanon) can be freely accessed via the Okcir website.

• However, it is important to note that the publication of Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge has provided a regular forum for the pursuit of conversations relevant to OKCIR's interests throughtout the years.

• OKCIR will in the future seek new ways and modes of communication to pursue the Okcir Forum.

About the Okcir Press

• OKCIR's autonomous scholarship has been made possible since 2002 via the Okcir Press, an imprint of Ahead Publishing House. OKCIR's independent Press represents a creative effort in fostering independent research, teaching, and professional activities in pursuit of liberating applied sociology.

 

Why Khayyam

• The adoption of Omar Khayyam's life and works as a motif for OKCIR is inspired by the persistently independent and (self-) critical nature of his scholarship apart from all institutionalized philosophical, religious, and scientific dogma and in favor of a creattive spirit that is simultaneously open to all spiritual, scientific, and philosophical traditions without being subjected to their intellectual, institutional, and operative hypnosis and habiti.

• While the celebration of Khayyam in Okcir may be seen itself as an identification with a particular figure in the history of thought, it is important to note that the symbolic significance of Khayyam as a motif for OKCIR as a research center remains the spirit of an intellect that remains thoroughly skeptical, yet creatively constructive, of all human knowledge, including that held by the scholar himself.

• For the purpose of OKCIR, Omar Khayyam represents a type of scholar whose work is characterized by a simultaneity of self- and world-historical reflection and free of all forms of faith and unfaith in philosophy, religion, and science, though with deep hope in the critical sublimation of the best of their achievements as parts of human creative powers to envision and build a just global society through liberating art.

اجرام كه ساكنان اين ايوانند
اسباب تردد خردمندانند
هان تا سر رشته خرد گم نكنى
كانان كه مدبّرند سرگردانند

The Permanent Stars Gracing this Cosmic Dome
Are the Enlightened Skeptics’ Frequenting Home.
Beware not to lose grip of their Intellect’s Thread!
Those that are Planets, Erratically Roam.

—Omar Khayyam

Contact Okcir

• OKCIR and its director can only be contacted via email.

• Okcir Address: Ahead Publishing House, P. O. Box 393, Belmont, MA, 02478, USA.

About this Website

• The OKCIR website has recently undergone major rennovation and is still under construction.

• OKCIR will greatly appreciate visitors' reporting of any problems with viewing its website and accessing its resources or services.

• To report any issues or problems please send a brief note with explanations and details to OKCIR via email.

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New and Forthcoming






Volume XI, Issue 1
Fall 2013
Conversations with Enrique Dussel on Anti-Cartesian Decoloniality and Pluriversal Transmodernity



Reimagining Sociology: Toward the Sociology of Self-Knowledge, Human Architecture, and Utopystics (Comparative Essays in Theory for a Liberating Applied Sociology)
(Okcir Press, Forthcoming)



پيشبُرد آرمانشهرشناسى: سه جزء و سه اشتباه ماركسيسم

(Persian Translation of Advancing Utopistics: The Three Component Parts and Errors of Marxism)

(Okcir Press, Forthcoming)


Other Books



Gurdjieff and Hypnosis: A Hermeneutic Study
(Palgrave Macmillan, Hardcover ed. 2009, Paperback ed., Oct. 2012)





Advancing Utopistics: The Three Component Parts and Errors of Marxism

(Paradigm Publishers, Hardcover ed. 2007, Paperback ed., 2009)

Chapters


Chapter: "Decolonizing Selves: The Subtler Violences of Colonialism and Racism in Fanon, Said, and Anzaldua" (pp:117-148)

in Fanon and the Decolonization of Philosophy Edited by Elizabeth A. Hoppe and Tracey Nichols, with a foreword by Mireille Fanon-Mendes France
(Lexington Books, A Division of Roman & Littlefield Publishing Group, 2009)

Edited Social Theory Forum Proceedings



Proceedings Editor:
M. H. Tamdgidi

Conference Theme:
"The Violences of Colonialism and Racism, Inner and Global: Conversations with Frantz Fanon on the Meaning of Human Emancipation"

(Fourth Annual Social Theory Forum, Department of Sociology, UMass Boston, March 2007)


Proceedings Editor:
M. H. Tamdgidi

Conference Theme: "Human Rights, Borderlands, and the Poetics of Applied Social Theory: Engaging with Gloria Anzaldua in Self and Global Transformations"
(Third Annual Social Theory Forum, Department of Sociology, UMass Boston, April 2006)



Proceedings Editor:
M. H. Tamdgidi

Conference Theme: "Theories and Praxies of Difference: Revisiting Edward Said in the Age of New Globalizations"
(Second Annual Social Theory Forum, Department of Sociology, UMass Boston, April 2005)



Proceedings Editor:
M. H. Tamdgidi

Conference Theme: "Liberating Social TheoryInspirations from Paulo Freire for Learning, Teaching, and Advancing Social Theory in Applied Settings"
(First Annual Social Theory Forum, Department of Sociology, UMass Boston, April 2004)
Discourse of Sociological Practice, v. 6, Fall 2004, n. 2.
Class-Book

 

 

 

 

Issues of Human Architecture: Monograph and Translation Series



Reimagining Sociology: Toward the Sociology of Self-Knowledge, Human Architecture, and Utopystics (Comparative Essays in Theory for a Liberating Applied Sociology)
(Okcir Press, Forthcoming)



پيشبُرد آرمانشهرشناسى: سه جزء و سه اشتباه ماركسيسم

(Persian Translation of Advancing Utopistics: The Three Component Parts and Errors of Marxism)

(Okcir Press, Forthcoming)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





Issues of Human Architecture: Edited Collection Series






Volume IX, Issue 4
Fall 2011
Contesting Memory:
Museumizations of Migration in Comparative Global Context









Volume X, Issue 1
Winter 2012
Decolonizing the University: Practicing Pluriversity






Volume XI, Issue 1
Fall 2013
Conversations with Enrique Dussel on Anti-Cartesian Decoloniality and Pluriversal Transmodernity






Volume IX, Issue 1
Winter 2011
Graduate Theorizations:
Imaginative Applied Sociologies—Manifest and Latent






Volume IX, Issue 2
Spring 2011
Learning Transormations:
Sociological Imaginations from First Year Seminars and Beyond






Volume IX, Issue 3
Summer 2011
Teaching Transformations 2011

 







Volume VII
Special Issue 2009
The Human Promise of Poetry in Memories of Mahmoud Darwish






Volume VIII
Issue 1, Spring 2010
Teaching Transformations 2010






Volume VIII
Issue 2, Fall 2010
Islam: From Phobia to Understanding
Anti-Semitism





Volume VII, Issue 2
Spring 2009
Historicizing Anti-Semitism






Volume VII, Issue 3
Summer 2009
Sociological Re-Imaginations
in & of Universities
Anzalduasm





Volume VII, Issue 4
Fall 2009
Migrating Identities and Perspectives:
Latin America and the Caribbean in Local and Global Contexts
Fanon





Volume VI, Issue 3
Summer 2008
Thich Nhat Hanh's
Sociological Imagination:
Essays and Commentaries on Engaged Buddhism
AdvancingUtopistics





Volume VI, Issue 4
Fall 2008
Microcosms of Hope:
Celebrating Student Scholars
TeachingTransformation2009





Volume VII, Issue 1
Winter 2009
Teaching Transformations 2009






Volume V, Special Issue
Summer 2007
Reflections on Fanon






Volume VI, Issue 1
Winter 2008
Teaching Transformation






Volume VI, Issue 2
Spring 2008
Sociological Imaginations
From the Classroom






Volume IV, Special Issue
Summer 2006
Re-Membering Anzaldúa






Volume V, Issue 1
Fall 2006
Othering Islam






Volume V, Issue 2
Spring 2007
Insiders/Outsiders:
Voices from the
Classroom






Volume II, Issue 2
Fall 2003/Spring 2004
Critical Theories in
Applied Settings






Volume III, Issues 1&2
Fall 2004/Spring 2005
Sociology of Self-Knowledge: Course Topic as well as Pedagogical Strategy






Volume IV, Issues 1&2
Fall 2005/Spring 2006
Scholarships of Learning






Volume I, Issue 1
Spring 2002
Life Courses &
Social Policies






Volume I, Issue 2
Fall 2002
Spiritual Renaissances
and Social
Reconstructions






Volume II, Issue 1
Spring 2003
Social Theories,
Student Realities

 

 

Journal, Editorial, and Review Articles • Published Student Papers
  • Articles in Other Journals
  • Articles in Human Architecture
  • Editorials in Human Architecture
  • Book Reviews
  • Tamdgidi's Students' Publications in Human Architecture
  • Beckwith's Students' Publications in Human Architecture

Review of The Promise of Poststructuralist Sociology: Marginalized Peoples and the Problem of Knowledge. By Clayton W. Dumont Jr. New York: State University of New York Press, 2008. In Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews (a publication of the American Sociological Association), v. 38, 2009, n. 3(May), 270-272

Review of Romance and Reason: Ontological and Social Sources of Alienation in the Writings of Max Weber. By Andrew M. Koch. New York: Lexington Books, A Division of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2006. In Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews (a publication of the American Sociological Association), v. 36, 2007, n. 4(July), 386-387

Review of Magic and Witchcraft: Contemporary North America. Edited by Helen A. Berger. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005. In Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews (a publication of the American Sociological Association), v. 35, 2006, n. 3 (May), 297-298

Volume IX • Issue 2 • Spring 2011

Penning the Sociological Imagination: Writing about My Struggles with Writing
Thanh D. Pham, University of Massachusetts Boston

The Race Against Oneself: Opening Up to Overachievement Using A Sociological Imagination
Iris M. Rivas, University of Massachusetts Boston

What Drives A Teenager to Depression?: An Insider’s Sociological Look into Its Causes
Melissa Mejia, University of Massachusetts Boston

Half Empty or Half Full?: Sociological Self-Explorations of An Aspiring Realist
Ryan J. Canillas, University of Massachusetts Boston

Beyond A Lifetime of Comparison: A Sociological Self-Exploration of Body Image Obsession
Michaela Volpe, University of Massachusetts Boston

An Exploration of the X-Rated World and Its Related Consequences
Rose Bautista, University of Massachusetts Boston

“Getting Stupid to Avoid”: My and Society’s Avoidance Problem with Driving While Drunk
Jennifer Cervantes , University of Massachusetts Boston

Shattering A Looking Glass Self: Building An Applied Sociological Imagination
Melanie Maxham, University of Massachusetts Boston


Volume IX • Issue 1 • Winter 2011

Five Doors, Three Cameras, and A Dead Bolt: How Fear of Crime Is Filling Our Prisons and Consuming Personal Liberty
Alison Michelle Ireland, University of Massachusetts Boston

Congratulating Conscious Choice: Exploring Society and the Self through Marriage and Divorce
Julianne M. Siegfriedt, University of Massachusetts Boston

Growing Up A Third Culture Kid: A Sociological Self-Exploration
K. R., University of Massachusetts Boston

Myth of the Life Plan: A Search for Happiness
Linda M. Lazcano, University of Massachusetts Boston

Drawing Attention to A Public Deficit: Sociological Self-Reflections on Growing up with ADD
Ellen Maher, University of Massachusetts Boston

The Present Father: Applying Sociological Theory from A Father’s Standpoint
Edmund J. Melia, University of Massachusetts Boston


Volume VII • Issue 3 • Summer 2009

Surviving “Acceptable” Victimization
Penelope Roode, University of Massachusetts Boston

‘Keep It In the Family’: Casting Sociological Lights on the Secrets of My Life
Belle Summer, University of Massachusetts Boston

Understanding Fear Using My Sociological Imagination
E. M. Walsh, University of Massachusetts Boston

Dying to Live: Exploring the Fear of an Unlived Life Using the Sociological Imagination
Ann Marie Moler, University of Massachusetts Boston

Measures of Personal Success and Failure: A Self-Assessment, Applying the Sociological Imagination
Minxing Zheng, University of Massachusetts Boston

: An Outsider’s Sociology of Self
Andrew Messing, University of Massachusetts Boston

“Money Does Not Buy Happiness”: Using the Sociological Imagination to Move Beyond Stressful Lives
Jillian Pelletier, University of Massachusetts Boston


Volume VI • Issue 2 • Spring 2008

Beyond “Simply Understanding”:
Sociologically Reimagining and Reconstructing the Meaning of My Education

Kathleen R. O’Brien, University of Massachusetts Boston

4.0: Self-Doubt, the Fear of Failure, and the Power of Symbols
Nicole Jones, University of Massachusetts Boston

The Body/Mind Split in Pursuit of Beauty:
Understanding Eating Disorders Through Sociological Writing

Nicole, University of Massachusetts Boston

Choosing My Major and Career: A Sociological Inquiry
Jacquelyn Knoblock, University of Massachusetts Boston

A Futile Struggle?:
Power and Conformity in High School and the Society at Large

Eric Reed, University of Massachusetts Boston

What Do I Want to Be?:
A Sociological Exploration in Choosing a Career

Joel Bartlett, University of Massachusetts Boston


Volume V • Issue 2 • Spring 2007

Looking Inside Out: A Sociology of Knowledge and Ignorance of Geekness
Johnny Yu, University of Massachusetts Boston

Parallel Dualisms: Understanding America’s Apathy for the Homeless through the Sociological Imagination
Colin Allen, University of Massachusetts Boston

Lifting the Fog: Finding Freedom in Light of the Sociological Imagination
Keyon Smith, University of Massachusetts Boston

The Broken Path: Juvenile Violence and Delinquency in Light of Sociological Theories
Sylvia Khromina, University of Massachusetts Boston

Why Do I Not Like Me?: Sociological Self-Reflections on Weight Issues and the American Culture
C. G., University of Massachusetts Boston

Longing to Be Thin: Why I Wait Until Tomorrow to Change My Habits
Caitlin Boyle, University of Massachusetts Boston

The Boston Irish Male: A Self Study
Anonymous, University of Massachusetts Boston

A Family of Neglect and “Dysfunction”: Personal Blames or Structural Constraints?
L. Z., University of Massachusetts Boston

Exiting the Self-Destructive Highway: A Sociological Path Back to A Future Career
Paul Connor, University of Massachusetts Boston


Volume IV • Issues 1&2 • Fall 2005 / Spring 2006

In Digestion: Processing Self in a Cycle of Consumption
Jennifer Maniates, University of Massachusetts Boston

Accepting Myself: Negotiating Self-Esteem and Conformity in Light of Sociological Theories
Sheerin Hosseini, University of Massachusetts Boston

An Unusual Immigration Tale: Why I Am Miserable in the Land of Opportunity
T. Portal, University of Massachusetts Boston

Transracial Adoption and Sociological Theory: Understanding My Identity
Elena VanderMolen, University of Massachusetts Boston

Why Am I Watching This?
Kristen Slavin, University of Massachusetts Boston

To Be or Not to Be…Thin: Sociological Reflections on the Price I Paid to Fit In
Kristin White, University of Massachusetts Boston

My Father, My Self: Employing a Sociological Imagination to Transcend the Imaginary in Both Self and Society
Sean Conroy, University of Massachusetts Boston

Coaching Myself Beyond Self-doubt: The Significance of the Subconscious Mind in the Sociological Imagination
Christine Berry, University of Massachusetts Boston

Sociology of My Anger: A Single Mother’s Struggles to Survive in A Patriarchal World
Jennifer Pike, University of Massachusetts Boston

“Why Am I So Fat?”: A Study of the Interrelationship Between Poor Body Image and Social Anxiety
Jessica Haley, University of Massachusetts Boston

Altruism or Guilt: Applying My Sociological Imagination to Choosing a Helping Profession
Elizabeth McCauley, University of Massachusetts Boston

Not Just a Wave, But Part of the Ocean: Examining My Small Town Roots
Jennie Porter, University of Massachusetts Boston


Volume III • Issues 1&2 • Spring 2004 / Fall 2005

The “Difference” A Red Face Makes: A Critical Sociology of Bullying in Capitalist Society
Deborah D’Isabel, University of Massachusetts Boston

The Tension of Opposites: Issues of Ethnicity, Class, and Gender in My Identity Formation
Claudia Contreras, University of Massachusetts Boston

My Choice of a Lifetime: “Finding True Love” in a Sociological Imagination
Katherine Heller, University of Massachusetts Boston

Beyond Bifurcation: Femininity and Professional Success in a Changing World
Rebecca Tink, University of Massachusetts Boston

A Different Voice, A Different Autobiography: Letting My Authentic Voice Speak
Caitlin Farren, University of Massachusetts Boston

The Overdose of Shame: A Sociological and Historical Self-Exploration
Haing Kao, University of Massachusetts Boston

My Life So Far: A “Work” in Progress
Harold Muriaty, University of Massachusetts Boston

Intersections of My Lesbian, Feminist, and Activist Identities:
Problems and Strategies in Everyday Impression Management

Rachel A. DeFilippis, University of Massachusetts Boston


Volume II • Issue 2 • Fall 2003/Spring 2004

The Complexity of Naive Acceptance of Socially Manipulated Beliefs
Ayan Ahmed, University of Massachusetts Boston

Alice in the Gendered Sports-Fan Wonderland: A Sociological Inquiry
Elizabeth J. Schumacher, University of Massachusetts Boston

Will I Marry Her?
Chris DaPonte, University of Massachusetts Boston

The Effect of Immigrant Experiences on the Bifurcation of Women’s Consciousness
Guadalupe Paz, University of Massachusetts Boston

Who are “I”?: A Sociology of My Traditional, Modern, and Postmodern Selves
Marie Neuner, University of Massachusetts Boston

My Life’s Tapestry: Casting Theoretical Lights on the Social Threads That Tie Me Down
D. M. Rafferty, University of Massachusetts Boston

From Alienation to Exploration: Breaking Free from the Iron Cages of My Life
Annie Roper, University of Massachusetts Boston

Body Image: A Clouded Reality
M. D., University of Massachusetts Boston

Obsessed with Impression Management: A Critical Sociology of Body Image in Capitalist Society
Michelle B. Jacobs, University of Massachusetts Boston

The Roots of Procrastination: A Sociological Inquiry into Why I Wait Until Tomorrow
Jennifer M. Kosmas, University of Massachusetts Boston

Honesty, Trust, and Love—In That Order: A Sociology of My Emotional Kaleidoscope
Lynne K. Marlette, University of Massachusetts Boston

Questioning Motherhood: A Sociological Awakening
Keilah Billings, University of Massachusetts Boston


Volume II • Issue 1 • Spring 2003

Why I Smoke: Sociology of a Deadly Habit
Emily Margulies, SUNY College at Oneonta

The Drinking Matrix: A Symbolic Self Interaction
Neo Morpheus, SUNY College at Oneonta

Theoretical Reflections on Peer Judgments
M. Goltry, SUNY College at Oneonta

It’s Worth Living in the World
James McHugh, SUNY College at Oneonta

My Image Struggles in Capitalist Society
Anna Schlosser, SUNY College at Oneonta

“It’s Not My Fault”: Overcoming Social Anxiety through Sociological Imagination
Charles, SUNY College at Oneonta

Treading Water: Self-Reflections on Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Megan Murray, SUNY College at Oneonta

Sociology of Shyness: A Self Introduction
Colin Campbell, SUNY College at Oneonta

"Let Me Introduce Myself": My Struggles with Shyness and Conformity
Sherry Wilson, SUNY College at Oneonta

Religion in an Individualistic Society
Jillian E. Sloan, SUNY College at Oneonta

A Precarious Balance: Views of a Working Mother Walking the Tightrope
Jennifer S. Dutcher, SUNY College at Oneonta

Links in the Chain: Untangling Dysfunctional Family Ties
Ira Omid, SUNY College at Oneonta


Volume I • Issue 2 • Fall 2002

From Anti-man to Anti-patriarchy
Emily Margulies, SUNY College at Oneonta

Conspicuous Conflict
L. M. Damian, SUNY College at Oneonta

Repairing the Soul: Matching Inner with Outer Beauty
Kristy Canfield, SUNY College at Oneonta

Defying the Sweatshop, Sociologically Speaking
Steve Sacco, SUNY College at Oneonta

Struggles and Predicaments of Low-Income Families and Children
Jennifer VanFleet, SUNY College at Oneonta

Honor Thy Father and Mother
Nancy Chapin, SUNY College at Oneonta

My Translucent Father
Katie J. Dubaj, SUNY College at Oneonta

Mom and Dad’s Waltz: A Dance of Love and Sacrifice
Rena Dangerfield, Binghamton University


Volume I • Issue 1 • Spring 2002

The Capitalist Cuckoo’s Nest
R.F.A., SUNY College at Oneonta

I only Thought I Knew It All: Society and the Individual
Samara Cohen, Binghamton University

Why Is P Afraid to Love a Woman?
Peter Dai, SUNY College at Oneonta

Teacher Recruitment and Retention: Personal Conflicts, Social Dilemmas
P. E. Gracey III, SUNY College at Oneonta

“Alien Nation”
P. Heim, Binghamton University

Good Mother/Daughter Hunting: A Process of Self-Healing
L. Mlecz, SUNY College at Oneonta

For the Love of Our Many Lives
S. R., Binghamton University

Banana or Bridge? How Capitalism Impacts My Racial Identity
YuhTyng Tsuei, Binghamton University

My Asian-American Experience
William Wang, Binghamton University

Welfare Beyond Teaching: Caring for Children and Their Parents
Jan Michele Chilion, SUNY College at Oneonta

The Disabled Welfare Program: The Welfare System and the Disabled
Erin Syron, SUNY College at Oneonta

Inadequate Programs Assisting Mothers in Poverty
Jessica Udice, SUNY College at Oneonta

Children: The Unheard Society

Aaron Witkowski, SUNY College at Oneonta

Volume IX • Issue 2 • Spring 2011

A Girl Amongst Men: A Sociological Analysis of My Identity Formation and the Creation of My Personal Feminine Ideal
Ann Barnes, University of Massachusetts Boston


Volume VIII • Issue 1 • Spring 2010

The Miseducation of Ms. M
Melanie Robinson, University of Massachusetts Boston

Culturelessness and Culture Shock: An American-Asian Experience
Tara Cianfrocca, University of Massachusetts Boston

From Construction to Social Work: Finding Value in Helping Others
Albert Marks, University of Massachusetts Boston

My Work Utopia: Pursuing A Satisfactory Work Life Amid an Alienating World
Irene Hartford, University of Massachusetts Boston

The Loss of a Culture with an Accent: A Sociological Reflection on My Assimilation into the American Culture
Dora Joseph, University of Massachusetts Boston


Volume VII • Issue 3 • Summer 2009

Working to Thrive, Not Just Survive: My Work History in a Sociological Imagination
Christine Quinn, University of Massachusetts Boston


Volume VI • Issue 2 • Spring 2008

Gender and Violence: A Reflective Sociology of How Gender Ideologies and Practices Contribute to Gender Based Violence
Jacquelyn Knoblock, University of Massachusetts Boston

The Snail’s Pace of Racial Progress in America: Sociological Insights from a Participant Observer
Henry Mubiru, University of Massachusetts Boston

No Longer Adding to the Problem: Changing Society’s Raciallized Structure from Within
David Couras, University of Massachusetts Boston

Money Whitens But Doesn’t Erase: A Reflective Sociology of Racism from the Middle of the American “Melting Pot”
Dima Kurin, University of Massachusetts Boston

A Lifetime of Labor: A Sociological Imagination of Work as Life
Stacey Melchin, University of Massachusetts Boston

Finding My Work Utopia: Examining My Work Experiences and Position in Society
Laura Zuzevich, University of Massachusetts Boston

“Patching” My Life: Sociological Lessons for a Joyful Work
Michelle Tanney, University of Massachusetts Boston

Life is Change: “My Adolescent State of Mind”
Lora Aurise, University of Massachusetts Boston

Sociological Reflections on My Work Experience
Brian Ahl, University of Massachusetts Boston


Volume V • Issue 2 • Spring 2007

Love and Marriage: Through the Lens of Sociological Theories
Ana Carolina Fowler, Tufts University

The Quinceñera Rising: Self-Discoveries on the Heels of City and Rural Town
Krystle Santana, University of Massachusetts Boston

A Family of Neglect and “Dysfunction”: Personal Blames or Structural Constraints?
L. Z., University of Massachusetts Boston


Volume IV • Issues 1&2 • Fall 2005 / Spring 2006

Rules of the Game: Finding My Place in a Racialized World
James Barrett, University of Massachusetts Boston

From Laundry to Social Justice to Counseling: Redefining Work as Synonymous to Life
Caitlin Farren, University of Massachusetts Boston

To Be or Not to Be…Thin: Sociological Reflections on the Price I Paid to Fit In
Kristin White, University of Massachusetts Boston

Growing Up African-American, Christian, and Female: The Dichotomies of My Life
Kemba Gray, University of Massachusetts Boston

Making a Home, Building a Family: Traditions, Boundaries, and Virtues
Verena-Cathérine Niederhöfer, University of Massachusetts Boston


Volume III • Issues 1&2 • Spring 2004 / Fall 2005

Socialization of Transnationally Adopted Korean Americans: A Self Analysis
Lee Kang Woon, University of Massachusetts Boston

“Housing Project” In Comparative Perspective: Opportunity or Stigma?
N.I.B., University of Massachusetts Boston

Religion, Gender, and Patriarchy: Awakening to My Self-Conscious Resocialization
Sharon Brown, University of Massachusetts Boston

Beyond the “Goods Life”: Mass Consumerism, Conflict, and the Latchkey-Kid
Jennifer Lambert, University of Massachusetts Boston

Hooped Dreams: Internal Growth, External Stagnation, and One Man’s Search for Work
Anonymous, University of Massachusetts Boston


Volume II • Issue 2 • Fall 2003/Spring 2004

“Asian”: Just A Simple Word
Kuong C. Ly, University of Massachusetts Boston