Volume 6, Issue 2 (2008) Sociological Imaginations from the Classroom
Toward Sociological Re-Imaginations of Science & Peer Reviewing
Plus A Symposium on Sociology of Science Perspectives on Malfunctions of Science and Peer Reviewing.
To what extent does the traditional and prevailing models and practices of “science” and especially of academic peer-reviewing enhance or hinder the advancement of the sociological imagination? More speciﬁcally, if the sociological imagination centrally involves the cultivation of an ever deepening link between our knowledges of our personal troubles in everyday life to our knowledges of the ever widening public issues arising from the structures of contemporary capitalism in a world-history context, how does a science still biased in favor of classical notions of impersonal “objectivity,” and a peer-review mechanism structurally bent on “blind” peer reviewing and subtraction of the “personal” from the texture of reviewed manuscripts, help us advance the sociological imagination? The juxtaposition—in this issue of Human Architecture—of a symposium of papers on the public issues related to the malfunction of science and peer reviewing on the one hand, and a series of innovative, reﬂective self-explorations by students and/or faculty of their experiences of learning and teaching the sociological imagination on the other hand, can hopefully and “empirically” illustrate the difference our sociological re-imaginations of science and peer reviewing can make for students and faculty alike in understanding and transforming their everyday lives, on- and off-campus.
Editor’s Note: Toward Sociological Re-Imaginations of Science and Peer Reviewing
Mohammad H. Tamdgidi
Studying Ourselves as Scholar-Teachers in the Age of HIV and AIDS in Southern Africa
Mathabo Khau and Kathleen Pithouse
“it’s just a dream, just a dream”: The WWII Japanese-American Internment in the U.S. in a Sociological Imagination Class Exercise
Thomas J. Mason, Kathleen M. Powers, and Emmett Schaefer
Choosing My Major and Career: A Sociological Inquiry
“Patching” My Life: Sociological Lessons for a Joyful Work