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Why Am I Watching This?, Kristen Slavin Jan 2005

Why Am I Watching This?, Kristen Slavin

Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

Recently, after a few minutes of watching TV, I grew bored and abruptly asked my boyfriend, “Why are we watching this?” He agreed it was boring and changed it to the Bruins game, but my question continued to circulate in my head. Why were we watching it? Using a variety of sociological perspectives and concepts—such as phenomenology, symbolic interactionism, exchange and rational choice theory, functionalism, conflict theory, and postmodern perspective—I started to look at possible motivations that could account for dedicating so much time to an activity that, much of the time, does not provide the element of ...


“Why Am I So Fat?” A Study Of The Interrelationship Between Poor Body Image And Social Anxiety, Jessica Haley Jan 2005

“Why Am I So Fat?” A Study Of The Interrelationship Between Poor Body Image And Social Anxiety, Jessica Haley

Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

In this article I use various sociological theories to understand my experiences with poor body image and social anxiety. Although I do suffer from these, I learn that they are not completely my fault! Much of them have to do with many of the face-to-face interactions which I have been a part of throughout my life. I think that my parents and other family members have had a strong impact on the way that I view myself. Not only that, but society as a whole has affected me as well. If I did not live in such a materialistic, image-obsessed ...


Growing Up African-American, Christian, And Female: The Dichotomies Of My Life, Kemba Gray Jan 2005

Growing Up African-American, Christian, And Female: The Dichotomies Of My Life, Kemba Gray

Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

In this paper I explore the roller coaster ride that has been my life. This was not a roller coaster ride that left me dizzy and sick to my stomach, it has done something quite different. The ride has left me clear-headed and stronger in terms of the way I look at the world and how I fit into it. Living with dichotomies for most of my life has created in me a character that is unique, and therefore I am eager to share it. I have always looked at myself as a Zebra, an animal that lives in constant ...


Altruism Or Guilt: Applying My Sociological Imagination To Choosing A Helping Profession, Elizabeth Mccauley Jan 2005

Altruism Or Guilt: Applying My Sociological Imagination To Choosing A Helping Profession, Elizabeth Mccauley

Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

In this autobiographical analysis of internalized guilt and social responsibility, I question why I choose to work in a helping profession. Why did I choose not to pursue a career as a visual artist? How are the two choices interrelated and/or exclusive of one another? I question whether my need to take care of others is in balance with my need to take care of myself. I feel as though my career goals originate more from guilt than a genuine desire to help others. How should compassion and empathy factor in the continuum between altruism and guilt? If so ...


Women Of Color And Tanf (Temporary Aid To Needy Families): Issues, Barriers, And Hindrances, Asjah Monroe Jan 2005

Women Of Color And Tanf (Temporary Aid To Needy Families): Issues, Barriers, And Hindrances, Asjah Monroe

Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

Women with children who must rely on TANF (Temporary Aid to Needy Families) are faced with obstacles of limits to higher education, asset attainment limits, lack of childcare, and demanding ‘work first’ policies. Welfare recidivism depends heavily on the trade-offs between family and work that women have to make. The TANF system and conservative proponents of welfare reform focus on work as a norm for women and adopt notions of self-sufficiency through work as a means to eradicate poverty. Despite the value of this goal, this individualism overlooks that women who do not recidivate rely on other forms of subsistence ...


Ode To Mortar And Bricks, Shoshana Lev Jan 2005

Ode To Mortar And Bricks, Shoshana Lev

Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

Poetry by Shoshana Lev.


The Struggle For Identity: Issues And Debates In The Emerging Specialty Of American Psychiatry From The Late 19th Century To Post-Wwii, Kristen Ellard Jan 2005

The Struggle For Identity: Issues And Debates In The Emerging Specialty Of American Psychiatry From The Late 19th Century To Post-Wwii, Kristen Ellard

Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

The story of the emergence of psychiatry is one of a struggle for professional and theoretical identity. Psychiatrists struggled to define themselves, their beliefs, and their specialty in the face of one of the most confounding phenomena of humankind, the derangement of the mind itself. The nature of mental illness has confounded humans from time immemorial, yet it is tempting to believe that from where we sit today, our current beliefs have finally arrived at a viable and rational solution to the problem. By looking backwards, however, and as the story of psychiatry can attest, beliefs about the nature and ...