Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

Articles from Vol. 2, No. 1, Spring

A Precarious Balance: Views of a Working Mother Walking the Tightrope
"There is no slave out of heaven like a lovingwoman; and, of all loving women, there is no such slave as a mother." --Henry Ward Beecher, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit (1887) INTRODUCTION A paramount issue that has recently emerged in my life...
Editor's Note: "Social Theories, Student Realities"
Teaching that begins with experiences distant from those of students devalues the personal experiences of students, contributes to an uncertain self, and academically constructs a person who cannot reflectively judge. This is particularly easy in international...
"It's Not My Fault": Overcoming Social Anxiety through Sociological Imagination
"A wise man speaks because he has something to say; a fool because he has to say something."--Plato My name is Charles. I am a twenty year old, white male. My parents were and are middle class. For as long as I can remember I have felt a certain...
It's Worth Living in the World
"Homeostasis and Transistasis ... one is a force to maintain the present status and the other is a force for constant change. Anything that lives is composed of these two conflicting forces." Ritsuko Akagi from the anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion...
"Let Me Introduce Myself: My Struggle with Shyness and Conformity
Hi, my name is Sherry. I can't believe I just introduced myself! That's because we're not standing face to face. If we were, you can rule out my talking to you--unless we've already met. I have always been wary of approaching people that I do not...
Links in the Chain: Untangling Dysfunctional Family Ties
To achieve self-knowledge, we must look both within and outside ourselves to focus on and understand why we are the way we are. It seems that we must first sort through our many different selves within to determine which our true self is. We need as...
Marx, Gurdjieff, and Mannheim: Contested Utopistics of Self and Society in a World-History Context
This presentation is more an exercise in theorizing history (in this case the dialectics of world-history and utopistic praxis) than in historiography, though I am not sure if the two can really be separated and dualized as such. My concern here is...
My Image Struggles in Capitalist Society
In our culture, women try so hard to be the ideal congenial beauty queen. We believe that there is only one standard of beauty and if we don't look that way then we are ugly. We compare ourselves to each other and especially to the size 0 models in...
Religion in an Individualistic Society
During my freshman year at SUNY Oneonta I took a class on world religions. I remember that my professor warned the class about entering a relationship without discussing religion. I thought at the time, "How can you discuss something so important and...
Sociology of Shyness: A Self Introduction
Only the shy know the pain of shyness, the intense inability to interact in social situations. The shy often rationalize their shyness by saying, "I don't know these people" or "These people make me uncomfortable"--thereby laying the blame on others...
The Drinking Matrix: A Symbolic Self Interaction
When our class began to get more in depth and interesting, I learned something about myself. Watching the movie The Matrix was extremely fascinating, but the discussion after the movie proved to me to be of more value. The concept "Know Thyself" almost...
Theoretical Reflections on Peer Judgments
We are all absorbed in a constant struggle to find ourselves. From the time we are born, every experience becomes a piece in the puzzle that may or may not eventually integrate into the whole person. Both society and ourselves play a major role in...
Treading Water: Self-Reflections on Generalized Anxiety Disorder
It has taken me twenty two years to face the fact that I am suffering needlessly from a debilitating problem, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). I suffered silently in fear that my peers, teachers, family, friends, and my boyfriend would discover...
Why I Smoke: Sociology of a Deadly Habit
Smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States. In the twenty first century everyone knows the harm that smoking can cause and yet people still willingly risk their lives for the habit. I am one of these people. I would not...
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