Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

Articles from Vol. 1, No. 1, Spring

"Alien Nation"
Riots, suicide, unemployment, social classes, and poverty all have one thing in common; they all either cause or result in the feeling of alienation. According to Karl Marx, alienation is the individual's sense of separation and estrangement from useful...
Banana or Bridge? How Capitalism Impacts My Racial Identity
Everybody wants to feel like they belong somewhere or to something. People who advocate non-conformity and claim that they prefer to feel isolated are lying to society and themselves. As one former sociology student pointed out in his paper, "The self...
Children: The Unheard Society
This essay exhibits concerns that I have about social policies regarding children in our society. While taking this course on social welfare, I was able to examine and relate to many of the topics covered. The course did open my eyes to my own feelings...
Editor's Note
"Your class has had a positive Influence on me and has changed not only the way in which I see myself, but also the way I see and think about everything in my life." "It forced me to define a large part of 'who I am'--this is useful due to my graduating...
For the Love of Our Many Lives
As a young student graduating from college and entering a world of independence and freedom, I am forced to consider my life options while simultaneously being compelled to reflect on the past. Although no one can be a direct product of society, nor...
Good Mother/daughter Hunting: A Process of Self-Healing
Numerous life circumstances and relationships have made me the person I am today. While throughout the years I have dealt with many problems as they have come along, there is one issue that has remained unresolved in my life. This issue concerns my...
Ideology and Utopia in Mannheim: Towards the Sociology of Self-Knowledge
There are new reasons for probing the records of Mannheim's search, especially since the theoretical approaches that had so confidently declared his work anachronistic and hopelessly eclectic have themselves fallen on hard times. The self-aware and...
Inadequate Programs Assisting Mothers in Poverty
There are many different issues facing the American welfare system. One of the fastest growing concerns is that of young mothers in poverty. This concern grows as the teen pregnancies and out of wedlock births rise, and as women gain their financial...
I Only Thought I Knew It All: Society and the Individual
Sociology is the study of society. This definition of sociology is widely known, and widely accepted. This definition, however, has multiple strata, and sociology as a science can be broken down and split up into different areas of study. In this paper,...
My Asian American Experience
I associate myself closely with the Asian American experience. Being born in America, but raised as a product of a traditional Chinese family, I feel that I have an interesting history. My upbringing can be seen as a representation of a new wave of...
Teacher Recruitment and Retention: Personal Conflicts, Social Dilemmas
The social dilemma that I explore in this paper has great relevance to my life. I have chosen to investigate the recent shortage of teachers in our educational school systems. I view this to be a major social problem that will affect almost everyone....
The Capitalist Cuckoo's Nest
A conflict many people, especially those in my age group, face is the struggle between conforming to society's standards or rebelling against them. There is a standard display of what a modern individual in America is. This display has been seen in...
The Disabled Welfare Program: The Welfare System and the Disabled
The disabled population in the U.S. has many needs. Many of these needs are addressed by the current welfare policy, but it needs to be examined whether or not the policy is addressing their needs to the fullest capacity. In this paper I will explore...
Welfare beyond Teaching: Caring for Children and Their Parents
Social welfare is a topic I knew very little about. When I received the assignment to write a paper on how I view welfare, how it has affected me, how it will affect me in the future, and what I should do about it, I didn't really know where to start....
Why Is P Afraid to Love a Woman?
"Man is the only animal that blushes--or needs to." --Mark Twain Many individuals suffer from social anxiety of one type or another. The dictionary defines anxiety as "a state of being uneasy, apprehensive, or worried about what may happen; concern...
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