Insiders/Outsiders: Voices from the Classroom

Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

Volume V • Issue 2 • Spring 2007

Journal Editor:
Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, UMass Boston


This Spring 2007 (V, 2) Issue of Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge entitled “Insiders/outsiders: Voices from the Classroom” includes papers, some by students at UMass Boston, that creatively apply the sociological imagination to understanding specific personal toubles involving insider/outsider experience in relation to broader public issues. Contributors include: Miroslav Mavra, Lori McNeil, Sean Conroy, Johnny Yu, Colin Allen, Ana Carolina Fowler, Keyon Smith, Krystle Santana, Sylvia Khromina, C. G., Caitlin Boyle, Anonymous, L. Z., Paul Connor, Arie Kupferwasser, and Mohammad H. Tamdgidi (also as journal editor-in-chief). Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge is a publication of OKCIR: The Omar Khayyam Center for Integrative Research in Utopia, Mysticism, and Science (Utopystics). For more information about OKCIR and other issues in its journal’s Edited Collection as well as Monograph and Translation series visit OKCIR’s homepage.

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vii— Editor’s Note: My Architect (1930-2007)
Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, University of Massachusetts Boston

1— Identity Formation and Music: A Case Study of Croatian Experience
Miroslav Mavra and Lori McNeil, Long Island University, C. W. Post Campus

21— The Nightmare of Clever Children: Civilization, Postmodernity, and the Birth of the Anxious Body
Sean Conroy, Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

147— Beginnings
Arie Kupferwasser, Creative Art Therapist

153— From the Cover Artist, Arie Kupferwasser