Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

Articles from Vol. 5, No. 2, Spring

A Family of Neglect and "Dysfunction": Personal Blames or Structural Constraints?
In her article "Confessions of a Maineiac: The Family, Academia, and Modernity," Macalester College student Jessica Sawyer writes that the family is "intended as a place to enrich children, so they are then able to leave and reach their full potentials"(195)....
Beginnings
What's the Point? If we knew the point, Would we forfeit the line, the wave, the form, The formless? Would we miss the points That disappear into the magic of The pointless? Every story begins somewhere, sometime; this one, at...
Editor's Note: My Architect (1930-2007)
For years, I was constructing myself to build a house. And he was busy with his work. In childhood, Construction toys for building model houses, Crafting boards, glue, and scissors, Carpentry wood, saw, nails, and hammer, Brushes,...
Exiting the Self-Destructive Highway: A Sociological Path Back to a Future Career
Lucky for me the date is 2007, because trust me when I say I would not have written these words, and you would not be reading them, if it was 2006 or prior. Why? Well, many times--at least many times that I can actually recall in my past feeble attempts...
Identity Formation and Music: A Case Study of Croatian Experience
Introduction Across the centuries, Croatian national identity has undergone countless transformations, struggles and wars in an attempt to preserve its sense of self. The Balkan Peninsula has endured the brutish oppression of several empires, countless...
Lifting the Fog: Finding Freedom in Light of the Sociological Imagination
I have noticed that as time goes by, my inner urge to go against what society deems correct grows. It is almost as if I sense that there is something wrong with the way things are. It would be selfish for me to say that they seem wrong for just me;...
Longing to Be Thin: Why I Wait until Tomorrow to Change My Habits
Growing up I have been known for being two things, overweight and a procrastinator. One of my friends even jokes on numerous occasions that the only thing I have ever been early for was my birth (I was born five weeks premature). My weight was never...
Looking Inside Out: A Sociology of Knowledge and Ignorance of Geekness
Geek. Nerd. Dork. Outsider. Anti-social. Outcast. Non-mainstream. No life. All of these words have been used to describe me, and all of them are true to some degree. These are terms used for people who have interests that are outside of popular culture....
Love and Marriage: Through the Lens of Sociological Theories
Since I was very young I have believed that you grow up looking for that one special person with whom you are entirely compatible, the person that will be your partner in life through the good and the bad---someone you can depend on and who can depend...
Parallel Dualisms: Understanding America's Apathy for the Homeless through the Sociological Imagination
When the professor spoke about how dualism has become ingrained in much of our thinking and personalities, I initially shrugged off the idea as merely rhetoric. I knew that distinct dualisms existed in people, responsible for their inner fragmentation,...
The Boston Irish Male: A Self Study
A person's background can often dictate the type of life they will lead. The old coal mining towns are a good example of this. Generation upon generation worked in the mines. People were expected and encouraged to work the mine because it was part...
The Broken Path: Juvenile Violence and Delinquency in Light of Sociological Theories
I have always been interested in the study of people's everyday struggles and it had been made very clear to me from early on that education was the "key to success" in the United States; my parents made certain that this idea was etched in my mind....
The Nightmare of Clever Children: Civilization, Postmodernity, and the Birth of the Anxious Body
Whether he is better or worse off there where he awoke after his death, whether he was disappointed or found there what he expected, we shall all soon learn. --Leo Tolstoy DISCLAIMER I just received a terrible grade from a professor for using...
The Quincenera Rising: Self-Discoveries on the Heels of City and Rural Town
Adolescence is one of the most important phases one goes through during their lifetime. The period of adolescence is when the individual establishes a new ego identity--"a feeling for who one is and one's place in the larger social order" (Crain, 281)....
Why Do I Not like Me? Sociological Self-Reflections on Weight Issues and the American Culture
Back home in the Philippines I was very active and I was always playing outside with my friends. We would explore the seas and its inhabitants by jumping from corals to corals; the sea was practically my backyard back when I was a kid. We would swim...
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