Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

Articles from Vol. 4, Summer

Anzaldua's Sociological Imagination: Comparative Applied Insights into Utopystic and Quantal Sociology
The pull between what is and what should be. I believe that by changing ourselves we change the world, that traveling El Mundo Zurdo path is the path of a two-way movement--a going into the self and expanding out into the world, a simultaneous recreation...
Concluding Reflections-A Dialogue: This Bridge We Are Building: "Inner Work, Public Acts"
Shirley Tang: Thank you so much, Tim, Ann, Karen, and Chris, for your excellent presentations at the Social Theory Forum (and thanks, Jorge, for organizing the conference)!! I'm sorry I didn't get to make it a more collective effort--and more choreographed...
Constructing Mestiza Consciousness: Gloria Anzaldua's Literary Techniques in Borderlands/La Frontera-The New Mestiza
In this essay I argue that the literary techniques in Borderlands/La Frontera--The New Mestiza as well as the form of the book are means by which Anzaldua (also) renders her identity politics--the Mestiza consciousness. In other words, Mestiza consciousness...
Cynthia Enloe Student Roundtable: "What International Feminist Activists Have Contributed to Anti-Militarist Social Theorizing"
Taylor Crockett: A New World: A Curious Feminist Reinterprets "Natural" Society According to the American Heritage Dictionary, Fourth Edition, militarism is "1. Glorification of the ideals of a professional military class. 2. Predominance of...
Epistemologies of the Wound: Anzalduan Theories and Sociological Research on Incest in Mexican Society
The healing of our wounds results in transformation and transformation results in the healing of our wounds. --Gloria E. Anzaldua, "Let Us Be the Healing of the Wound," 2002 I am a sociologist, and also a couple and family therapist by training...
Exploring Gloria Anzaldua's Methodology in Borderlands/La Frontera-The New Mestiza
New Symbols, Codes, and Categories My initial reading of Gloria Anzaldua's Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza came in the winter of 2001, and immediately I was fascinated by the complexity and originality of her theory of the borderlands....
Facing Our Dragons: Spiritual Activism, Psychedelic Mysticism and the Pursuit of Opposition
In my current dissertation work I am attempting to think about the relationships between self and global transformations in the face of deepening inequality. I am especially interested in engaging postcolonial, antiracist, and feminist transformations...
Fighting Amnesia as a Guerilla Activity: Poetics for a New Mode of Being Human
In the ethno-poetics and performance of the shaman, my people, the Indians, did not split the artistic from the functional, the sacred from the secular, art from everyday lift. The religious, social and aesthetic purposes of art were all intertwined....
Finding the Center: Constructing the Subaltern Master Narrative
Can the subaltern speak? This is the rhetorical question posed by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak in her essay titled with the same question (1988). From the essay's very beginning, it becomes clear that the question is not simply one about the subaltern's...
From Borderlands and New Mestizas to Nepantlas and Nepantleras: Anzalduan Theories for Social Change
I am a wind-swayed bridge, a crossroads inhabited by whirlwinds. Gloria, the facilitator, Gloria the mediator, straddling the walls between abysses. 'Your allegiance is to La Raza, the Chicano movement,' say the members of my race. 'Your allegiance...
Global Feminism: Feminist Theory's Cul-De-Sac
This paper uses, as a point of departure, feminist sociologist Marnia Lazreg's article, "Development: Feminist Theory's Cul-de-sac" (2002). There, she makes an astute observation in regard to postmodernist feminist theory's limitations in transcending...
Globalization and the Secularization of Immigration Policy: Competing Influences on Immigrant Integration Policy in Germany, France, Britain and the United States
In Guests and Aliens (1999: 151), Saskia Sassen posits that the denationalization of capital and workforce flows has led to a fundamental convergence among highly developed nations regarding immigration. Her work concurs with Jacobson's (1996: 85)...
How to Tame a Wild Tongue: Language Rights in the United States
I would like you to know that we did not all come from Mexico. That hurts our feelings when you call us wetbacks. We do not all steal from you. We do not all stare at the television for hours. We are not all lazy. We are not all immigrants. We are...
Hybrid Spiritualities: The Development of Second Generation Korean American Spirituality
This study focuses on the inventive ways in which second generation Korean Americans are carving out new institutional niches to accommodate the intersection of race, generation, and ethnicity in the context of their Christian faith. Situated on the...
Inner Work, Public Acts: The Conocimiento of Art
I I've always known I was an artist. At least as soon as I paid attention to what I wanted. Before that Art was always part of my life, but never considered the primary focus. During high school and first year of college, I was determined to be...
Introduction: This Bridge We Are Building: "Inner Work, Public Acts"
The symposium reported in the following pages arose like a flower out of soil usually not known for nourishing vibrant, critical intellectual reflections: routine university governance committee work. All authors have been co-members for two years...
Keeping the Path of Conocimiento Real and Grounded
As I reflect on my program of research, teaching and service in the last three years at UMass Boston, I realize that there is more than one way of facilitating through "the path of conocimiento." Having listened very carefully to others on the Diversity...
Knowledge, Learning, and Teaching: Striving for Conocimiento
Gloria Anzaldua's last published work, "now let us shift ... the path to conocimiento ... inner work, public acts," lists teaching as one of those creative endeavors through which we can seek conocimiento, and the holistic intellectual, spiritual and...
Mentoring on the Borderlands: Creating Empowering Connections between Adolescent Girls and Young Women Volunteers
I thought this was just an innocent free time for students, a much needed break in their otherwise highly disciplined and routine school day. However, as I walked naively into the gym, I found the music loud and the lights low. There was a DJ on stage...
Moderator Commentary: Not Just Surviving but Fully Relishing the Borderlands, Defiantly and Triumphantly
The four papers in this panel on the spiritual dimensions of social transformation as they relate to Gloria Anzaldua's work all draw on her refusal to be locked into a dualistic mode of thinking. Anzaldua emphasized, and these presenters confirm, that...
Nepantlera-Activism in the Transnational Moment: In Dialogue with Gloria Anzaldua's Theorizing of Nepantla
Anecdote: An instructor once asked the international students in our class to talk about our earliest memories of gender-based discrimination. An unsettling proposition, no doubt! Despite feeling cornered and wanting to protest, when my turn came I...
Nurturing the Nepantlera Within: Working in the Borderlands of Four Prejudices
In the early 1980s, I hired a team of diversity trainers to help the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Boston State College work on racial tensions within the department. I had recently participated in a series of racism-awareness workshops...
On Skin as Borderlands: Using Gloria Anzaldua's New Mestiza to Understand Self-Injury among Latinas
1,950 mile-long open wound dividing a pueblo, a culture, running down the length of my body, staking fence rods in my flesh, splits me splits me me raja me raja This is my home this thin edge of ...
Processes of Emergence and Connection: Interrelations of Past, Present, and Future in Journeying for Conocimiento
Anzaldua's work offers so many points of entry, both professional and personal. I was initially drawn to considering my academic work of teaching and scholarship, particularly because my specific interests are related to processes of the social construction...
Reaching across No-Man's-Land: The Israeli/Palestinian Conflict in Yuli Cohen-Gerstel's Film, My Terrorist
Including an essay on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict as part of a commemorative occasion that honors the life work of Gloria Anzaldua may seem an unlikely prospect at first glance as Anzaldua's writing is so closely associated with the southern reaches...
Re-Membering Anzaldua
... What am I? A third world lesbian feminist with Marxist and mystic leanings. They would chop me up into little fragments and tag each piece with a label. --Anzaldua, in Moraga and Anzaldua, 1981:205 The present Special (Summer 2006) Issue...
Resisting Legibility on the Borders: Opposition to the Violent Intersections of Race, Nationality, and Sexuality
THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF BIBI BARAJAS Little to no information exists about the life, and subsequent death, of Bibi Barajas. Born Hugo Cesar Barajas, Bibi was a transgender sex worker, making a living in Houston, Texas after crossing the border from...
Revolutionary Futures: Nietzsche, Anzaldua, and Playful "World"-Travel
En unas pocas centurias, the future will belong to the mestiza. --Gloria Anzaldua, Borderlands/La Frontera Even laughter may yet have a future. --Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science [section] 1 I am a plurality of selves. --Maria Lugones,...
Small Victories, Lasting Change: Harriet Martineau, Slavery, and Women's Rights
Introduction Harriet Martineau was a unique woman. She faced a variety of obstacles: multiple deaths of close relations, including her nephew, brother, father and fiance; her gender; and her deafness. Being a woman in Victorian England was not an...
Social Justice Movements as Border Thinking: An Anzalduan Meditation
In their book on Poor People's Movements, Frances Fox Piven and Richard Cloward theorize a strategic difference in social justice movements that for them determines the successes and failures (never wholly separable) of such movements. (1) The dichotomy...
"Take This Class If You like to Be Brainwashed": Walking the Knife's Edge between Education and Indoctrination
This article presents a case study or, perhaps more accurately, a pedagogical memoir that interrogates life inside my classroom as yet another site of transformation, a place where inner works become public acts. This story illustrates Anzaldua's seven...
The Struggle for Language Rights: Naming and Interrogating the Colonial Legacy of "English Only"
Deslenguadas. (We are de-tongued.) Somos los del espanol deficiente. [We are those with deficient Spanish.] We are your linguistic nightmare, your linguistic aberration, your linguistic mestizaje, the subject of your burla [The subject of your joke]....
The Unbordered Borders
It is particularly fitting that human rights should be paired in the title of this conference on borderlands and the poetics of applied social theory. Fitting because of many things, among them the origins, nature, and history of the modern human rights...
Translating Borders, Performing Trans-Nationalism
PRE-FACE It is my intention to read the topic of this panel ("Borderlands of Language and Culture") through a constitutive theme of semiotics, comparative literatures and multicultural languages (as is the case of American culture): translation,...
Writing Queer across the Borders of Geography, Desire, and Power
In October 16, 2005, Italians had the opportunity to vote for a candidate from the center-left coalition that might represent them as President of the Council after the next national elections. For weeks, the press and news shows were concentrated...
... Y No Se Lo Trago la Tierra a Bilingual Analysis in Terms of Mikhail Bakhtin's "Discourse in the Novel"
Introduction The work of Gloria Anzaldua embodies an attempt to highlight that what we commonly identify as the "I" is a sociocultural mixture rooted in a diversity of languages, which consequently calls for a "new mestiza" consciousness to replace...