Student Scholarships of Learning

Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

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

Journal Editor:
Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, UMass Boston


This Fall 2005/Spring 2006 (IV, 1&2) double-issue of Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge demonstrates the extent to which liberatory practices in scholarly journal peer reviewing can provide new channels for communicating and sharing subaltern on- and off-campus voices in formal academic publications as important scholarships of learning. Contributors include: James Barrett, Jennifer Maniates, Caitlin Farren, Sheerin Hosseini, T. Portal, Elena VanderMolen, Kristen Slavin, Kristin White, Sean Conroy, Christine Berry, Jennifer Pike, Noah Youngstrom, Jessica Haley, Kemba Gray, Verena-Cathérine Niederhöfer, Elizabeth McCauley, Jennie Porter, Asjah Monroe, Shoshana Lev, Rachel Lev, Arie Kupferwasser, Kristen Ellard, 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: Peer Reviewing the Peer Review Process
Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, University of Massachusetts Boston

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

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

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

29— 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

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

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

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

87— 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

115— Multicultural Literacy: Steve’s Treatment Plan
Noah Youngstrom, University of Massachusetts Boston

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

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

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

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

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

165— Women of Color and TANF (Temporary Aid to Needy Families): Issues, Barriers, and Hindrances
Asjah Monroe, University of Massachusetts Boston

179— Private Sociologies and Burawoy’s Sociology Types: Reflections on Newtonian and Quantal Sociological Imaginations
Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, University of Massachusetts Boston


199— Ode to Mortar and Bricks
Shoshana Lev

201— The Case of Maria and Me: Diagnosing the Ills of Western Psychiatry
Rachel Lev, New York University

207— Regression in the Service of Transcendence: Reading Michael Washburn
Shoshana Lev, The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology

211 From Blocks to Bridges
Arie Kupferwasser, Creative Art Therapist

227— The Struggle for Identity: Issues and Debates in the Emerging Specialty of American Psychiatry from the Late 19th Century to Post-WWII
Kristen Ellard