Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

Articles from Vol. 9, No. 1, Winter

Congratulating Conscious Choice: Exploring Society and the Self through Marriage and Divorce
I. INTRODUCTION I was nineteen years old when my boyfriend of over 4 years ('high school sweethearts' was the term we commonly used to describe ourselves) proposed to me. We had discussed getting engaged in the near future so I was not surprised...
Dissociative Experiences in Health and Disease
I. HISTORICAL BACKGROUND In the nineteenth century, human understanding and cognition were described as a process of "associations" between different ideas and thoughts. For example, the great philosopher, John Locke, in his book, An Essay Concerning...
Drawing Attention to a Public Deficit: Sociological Self-Reflections on Growing Up with ADD
INTRODUCTION I must have been about the age of seven (around 1995) when I was home from school one day, watching the Geraldo Rivera Show. Now I don't remember why I was home, or even why I was watching a day-time talk show at the age of seven, but...
Editor's Note: Beyond the Dissociative Disorder and Hypnosis of Rigid Disciplinarity
The Winter 2011 issue of Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge includes nine, theoretically engaging graduate student papers: six from a course in Applied Sociological Theory (Soc. 605) taken during the Fall 2010 semester at...
Five Doors, Three Cameras, and a Dead Bolt: How Fear of Crime Is Filling Our Prisons and Consuming Personal Liberty
I. INTRODUCTION C. Wright Mills encourages us to use our sociological imagination when attempting to interpret the social world in which we live. In order to understand yourself, it is necessary to consider three questions concerned with structure,...
Growing Up a Third Culture Kid: A Sociological Self-Exploration
INTRODUCTION Growing up overseas and mainly outside of mainstream American culture has shaped me in ways that I am still discovering. Relocating every few years forced me to constantly reassess my surroundings, my identity, and my roles. My upbringing...
Heidegger and Sartre: Phenomenological Conceptions of the "Self" and the Ontology of Architecture
I. INTRODUCTION The nexus between issues of meaning in architecture, the analogies between functions of architecture, and the projection or formation of identity have long dominated the literature in philosophy of architecture. Anatol Rapaport's...
Myth of the Life Plan: A Search for Happiness
PROLOGUE It is 8:00 on an uncharacteristically warm Saturday morning in October. My partner and I are speeding up 95 North two hours to Portland, Maine. We are late. As my seasoned Hyundai reluctantly jumps to 80 mph, I internally wonder why we...
The Present Father: Applying Sociological Theory from a Father's Standpoint
I. INTRODUCTION My greatest joy in life and biggest source of pride is being a father. I take the responsibilities that come with being a parent very seriously and I am completely involved in all aspects of my daughter's upbringing. However, there...
Trauma in the Mind and Pain in the Body: Mind-Body Interactions in Psychogenic Pain
I. INTRODUCTION Pain is a multidimensional, complex, and unpleasant experience with emotional, cognitive, affective, behavioural and sensory components (Manchikanti et al., 2002). The word 'pain' is rooted in the Latin word 'poena' which means penalty...
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