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HUMAN ARCHITECTURE
Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge


Volume VII • Issue 3 • Summer 2009

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Sociological Re-Imaginations in & of Universities

Journal Editor:
Mohammad H. Tamdgidi,UMass Boston

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This Summer 2009 (VII, 3) issue of Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge, is devoted to the theme “Sociological Re-Imaginations in & of Universities.” As part of the journal’s continuing series critically engaging with C. Wright Mills' “sociological imagination,” i.e., the proposition that the best way to theorize and practice sociology is via a continual conversation between the study of one’s personal troubles and that of broader public issues, the present issue turns its attention to fostering sociological re-imaginations in and of universities. Several faculty, recent graduates or alumni, and current undergraduate students advance insightful, critical perspectives about their own learning and teaching experiences and personal “troubles,” and broader university, disciplinary, and administrative “public issues” that in their view merit immediate attention in favor of fundamental rectifications of outdated procedures and educational habita that continue to persist at the cost of more creative, and in fact more scientific and rational, approaches to production and dissemination of knowledge. Contributores include: Satoshi Ikeda, Sandra J. Song, L. Lynda Harling Stalker, Jason Pridmore, Festus Ikeotuonye, Samuel Zalanga, Donald A. Nielsen, Anne Bubriski, Penelope Roode, Belle Summer, E. M. Walsh, Ann Marie Moler, Minxing Zheng, Andrew Messing, Jillian Pelletier, Christine Quinn, Trevor Doherty, Lisa Kemmerer, 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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Sociological Re-Imaginations in & of Universities

vii—Editor’s Note: Sociological Imaginations In, Of, and Beyond Universities
Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, University of Massachusetts Boston

1—In Memoriam—Professor Giovanni Arrighi (1937-2009) and Graduate Mentoring: A Reflection on His Teachings and My Academic Development
Satoshi Ikeda, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

9—Autoethnographic Cultural Criticism as Method: Toward Sociological Imaginations of Race, Memory and Identity
Sandra J. Song, University of Alberta, Canada

27—Reflexive Pedagogy and the Sociological Imagination
L. Lynda Harling Stalker, St. Francis Xavier University, Canada; and Jason Pridmore, Zuyd University, The Netherlands

37—Nemesis of C. Wright Mills’ Promise: Sociology, Education and the Changing Context and Meaning of Teaching and Learning
Festus Ikeotuonye, University College Dublin, Ireland

57—Interdisciplinary Studies and Scholarship: Issues, Challenges, and Implications for “Third World” Development and Social Change
Samuel Zalanga, Bethel University

77—The Structure of Higher Learning in Fin-de-Siècle America: Bureaucracy, Statistical Accounting, and Sociocultural Change
Donald A. Nielsen, College of Charleston

91—Activist Learning vs. Service Learning in a Women’s Studies Classroom
Anne Bubriski, University of Central Florida; and Ingrid Semaan, UConn-Stamford

99—Surviving “Acceptable” Victimization
Penelope Roode, University of Massachusetts Boston

105—‘Keep It In the Family’: Casting Sociological Lights on the Secrets of My Life
Belle Summer, University of Massachusetts Boston

117—Understanding Fear Using My Sociological Imagination
E. M. Walsh, University of Massachusetts Boston

137—Dying to Live: Exploring the Fear of an Unlived Life Using the Sociological Imagination
Ann Marie Moler, University of Massachusetts Boston

147—Measures of Personal Success and Failure: A Self-Assessment, Applying the Sociological Imagination
Minxing Zheng, University of Massachusetts Boston

155—: An Outsider’s Sociology of Self
Andrew Messing, University of Massachusetts Boston

173—“Money Does Not Buy Happiness”: Using the Sociological Imagination to Move Beyond Stressful Lives
Jillian Pelletier, University of Massachusetts Boston

181—Working to Thrive, Not Just Survive: My Work History in a Sociological Imagination
Christine Quinn, University of Massachusetts Boston

191—Future Hell: Nuclear Fiction in Pursuit of History
Trevor Doherty, University of Massachusetts Boston

221—“Engaged Buddhism in Retreat” Revisited: A Reply to Barbara Newell’s Response
Lisa Kemmerer, Montana State University
[Editor's note: For the earlier dialogue, please click as follows to see the original commentary by Lisa Kemmerer
and a reply by Barbara Newell in Vol. VI, Issue 3 (Summer 2008) of the present journal.]