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HUMAN ARCHITECTURE
Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge


Volume IV • Issues 1&2 • Fall 2005 / Spring 2006

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Student Scholarships of Learning

Journal Editor:
Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, UMass Boston

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This Fall 2005/Spring 2006 (IV, 1&2) double-issue of Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge demonstrates the extent to which liberatory practices in scholarly journal peer reviewing can provide new channels for communicating and sharing subaltern on- and off-campus voices in formal academic publications as important scholarships of learning. "Editor’s Note: Peer Reviewing the Peer Review Process," "Rules of the Game: Finding My Place in a Racialized World," "In Digestion: Processing Self in a Cycle of Consumption," "From Laundry to Social Justice to Counseling: Redefining Work as Synonymous to Life," "Accepting Myself: Negotiating Self-Esteem and Conformity in Light of Sociological Theories," "An Unusual Immigration Tale: Why I Am Miserable in the Land of Opportunity," "Transracial Adoption and Sociological Theory: Understanding My Identity," "Why Am I Watching This?," "To Be or Not to Be…Thin: Sociological Reflections on the Price I Paid to Fit In," "My Father, My Self: Employing a Sociological Imagination to Transcend the Imaginary in Both Self and Society," "Coaching Myself Beyond Self-doubt: The Significance of the Subconscious Mind in the Sociological Imagination," "Sociology of My Anger: A Single Mother’s Struggles to Survive in A Patriarchal World," "Multicultural Literacy: Steve’s Treatment Plan," "“Why Am I So Fat?”: A Study of the Interrelationship Between Poor Body Image and Social Anxiety," "Growing Up African-American, Christian, and Female: The Dichotomies of My Life," "Making a Home, Building a Family: Traditions, Boundaries, and Virtues," "Altruism or Guilt: Applying My Sociological Imagination to Choosing a Helping Profession," "Not Just a Wave, But Part of the Ocean: Examining My Small Town Roots," "Women of Color and TANF (Temporary Aid to Needy Families): Issues, Barriers, and Hindrances," "Private Sociologies and Burawoy’s Sociology Types: Reflections on Newtonian and Quantal Sociological Imaginations," "Ode to Mortar and Bricks," "The Case of Maria and Me: Diagnosing the Ills of Western Psychiatry," "Regression in the Service of Transcendence: Reading Michael Washburn," "From Blocks to Bridges," "The Struggle for Identity: Issues and Debates in the Emerging Specialty of American Psychiatry from the Late 19th Century to Post-WWII." Contributors include: James Barrett, Jennifer Maniates, Caitlin Farren, Sheerin Hosseini, T. Portal, Elena VanderMolen, Kristen Slavin, Kristin White, Sean Conroy, Christine Berry, Jennifer Pike, Noah Youngstrom, Jessica Haley, Kemba Gray, Verena-Cathérine Niederhöfer, Elizabeth McCauley, Jennie Porter, Asjah Monroe, Shoshana Lev, Rachel Lev, Arie Kupferwasser, Kristen Ellard, and Mohammad H. Tamdgidi (also as journal editor-in-chief). Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge is a publication of OKCIR: The Omar Khayyam Center for Integrative Research in Utopia, Mysticism, and Science (Utopystics). For more information about OKCIR and other issues in its journal's Edited Collection as well as Monograph and Translation series visit OKCIR's homepage.


Contents
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Student Scholarships of Learning


vii Editor’s Note: Peer Reviewing the Peer Review Process
Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, University of Massachusetts Boston

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Rules of the Game: Finding My Place in a Racialized World
James Barrett, University of Massachusetts Boston

9
In Digestion: Processing Self in a Cycle of Consumption
Jennifer Maniates, University of Massachusetts Boston

21
From Laundry to Social Justice to Counseling: Redefining Work as Synonymous to Life
Caitlin Farren, University of Massachusetts Boston

29
Accepting Myself: Negotiating Self-Esteem and Conformity in Light of Sociological Theories
Sheerin Hosseini, University of Massachusetts Boston

45
An Unusual Immigration Tale: Why I Am Miserable in the Land of Opportunity
T. Portal, University of Massachusetts Boston

53
Transracial Adoption and Sociological Theory: Understanding My Identity
Elena VanderMolen, University of Massachusetts Boston

63
Why Am I Watching This?
Kristen Slavin, University of Massachusetts Boston

69
To Be or Not to Be…Thin: Sociological Reflections on the Price I Paid to Fit In
Kristin White, University of Massachusetts Boston

77
My Father, My Self: Employing a Sociological Imagination to Transcend the Imaginary in Both Self and Society
Sean Conroy, University of Massachusetts Boston

87
Coaching Myself Beyond Self-doubt: The Significance of the Subconscious Mind in the Sociological Imagination
Christine Berry, University of Massachusetts Boston

99
Sociology of My Anger: A Single Mother’s Struggles to Survive in A Patriarchal World
Jennifer Pike, University of Massachusetts Boston

115
Multicultural Literacy: Steve’s Treatment Plan
Noah Youngstrom, University of Massachusetts Boston

121
“Why Am I So Fat?”: A Study of the Interrelationship Between Poor Body Image and Social Anxiety
Jessica Haley, University of Massachusetts Boston

131
Growing Up African-American, Christian, and Female: The Dichotomies of My Life
Kemba Gray, University of Massachusetts Boston

139— Making a Home, Building a Family: Traditions, Boundaries, and Virtues
Verena-Cathérine Niederhöfer, University of Massachusetts Boston

147— Altruism or Guilt: Applying My Sociological Imagination to Choosing a Helping Profession

Elizabeth McCauley, University of Massachusetts Boston

157— Not Just a Wave, But Part of the Ocean: Examining My Small Town Roots

Jennie Porter, University of Massachusetts Boston

165— Women of Color and TANF (Temporary Aid to Needy Families): Issues, Barriers, and Hindrances
Asjah Monroe, University of Massachusetts Boston

179— Private Sociologies and Burawoy’s Sociology Types: Reflections on Newtonian and Quantal Sociological Imaginations
Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, University of Massachusetts Boston

SYMPOSIUM: ON HEALING

199— Ode to Mortar and Bricks

Shoshana Lev

201— The Case of Maria and Me: Diagnosing the Ills of Western Psychiatry

Rachel Lev, New York University

207— Regression in the Service of Transcendence: Reading Michael Washburn
Shoshana Lev, The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology

211 From Blocks to Bridges

Arie Kupferwasser, Creative Art Therapist

227— The Struggle for Identity: Issues and Debates in the Emerging Specialty of American Psychiatry from the Late 19th Century to Post-WWII
Kristen Ellard