Social Theories, Student Realities

Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

Volume II • Issue 1 • Spring 2003

Journal Editor:
Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, UMass Boston


This Spring 2003 (II, 1) issue of Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge include student papers from coursework completed at SUNY-Oneonta. The creative efforts students display in advancing their sociological imaginations demonstrate the extent to which the best pedagogical strategies are those that rely on teaching their subject matter by encouraging students to draw upon the reality of their own lives in an applied way to learn various concepts and theories taught in class. Contributors include: Emily Margulies, Neo Morpheus, M. Goltry, James McHugh, Anna Schlosser, Charles (pen name), Megan Murray, Colin Campbell, Jillian E. Sloan, Jillian E. Sloan, Jennifer S. Dutcher, Ira Omid (pen name), 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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v—“Editor’s Note: Social Theories, Student Realities”
M.H. (Behrooz) Tamdgidi, SUNY College at Oneonta

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

65—“Let Me Introduce Myself”: My Struggles with Shyness and Conformity
Sherry Wilson, SUNY College at Oneonta

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

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

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

102—Marx, Gurdjieff, and Mannheim: Contested Utopistics of Self and Society in a World-History Context
M.H. (Behrooz) Tamdgidi, SUNY College at Oneonta

121—Notes on Contributors