Student Life Courses & Social Policies

Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

Volume I • Issue 1 • Spring 2002

Journal Editor:
Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, UMass Boston


The essays gathered in this debut (I, 1, Spring 2002) issue of Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge were written by undergraduate students enrolled in various sociology courses offered at SUNY-Binghamton and SUNY-Oneonta. What these courses shared was their common use of the sociology of self-knowledge as a strategy for learning about their respective subject matters. Each course required students to engage throughout the semester in an ongoing self-exploratory sociological research focusing on a specific unresolved issue, problem, or question still facing their everyday lives. They were required to link their self-explorations to the study of society at large through various course and outside readings and films studied in class throughout the semester. Contributors include: R.F.A., Samara Cohen, Peter Dai, P. E. Gracey III, P. Heim, L. Mlecz, S. R., YuhTyng Tsuei, William Wang, Jan Michele Chilion, Erin Syron, Jessica Udice, Aaron Witkowski, 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 Policies and Life Courses” 

M.H. (Behrooz) Tamdgidi, Binghamton University

I. From the Life Course to Social Policy

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

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

18Why Is P Afraid to Love a Woman?
Peter Dai, SUNY College at Oneonta

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

36—“Alien Nation”
P. Heim, Binghamton University 

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

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

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

74—My Asian-American Experience
William Wang, Binghamton University

II. From Social Policy to the Life Course

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

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

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

111—Children: The Unheard Society
Aaron Witkowski, SUNY College at Oneonta

III. Issues in Theory and Method

120—Ideology and Utopia in Mannheim: Towards the Sociology of Self-Knowledge
M.H. (Behrooz) Tamdgidi, Binghamton University

141—Notes on Contributors