(Ph.D. California, Santa Barbara)
Dr. Gerald Turkel is Professor of Sociology. He teaches courses
in social theory, sociology of law, law and society, and gender.
Dr. Turkel directs the Law and Society Concentration in the Sociology
major. He teaches Sociology of Law and the Law and Society Practicum
which are required for the Law and Society Concentration. He serves
on the Executive Committee of the Legal Studies Program and teaches
the required Senior Seminar for Legal Studies minors. Dr. Turkel
has a joint appointment in the Women's Studies Program.
Dr. Turkel's research focuses on issues of concern to social theory,
political theory, and the sociology of law. His work focuses on developing
theoretical approaches to the public/private division and its significance
for analyzing legal development, personal identities, and social
action. His research on such legislation as federal loan guarantees
to private corporations and federal liability insurance for the nuclear
power industry aims at demonstrating how public and private elements
interact in economic lawmaking. He writes on a variety of theories
that contribute to analyzing the public/private division.
Theories of Society: Visions and Realities. Boston:
Allyn and Bacon. (In progress)
Law and Society: Critical Approaches. Boston: Allyn
and Bacon, 1996.
Dividing Public and Private: Law, Politics and Social Theory.
New York: Praeger, 1992.
"Law, Politics and the Social Relations of Production," in Socialism:
Crisis and Renewal. 1993. Edited by Chronis Polychronius.
New York: Praeger. Pp. 193-209. With Hao Pan.
"Privatizing Nuclear Power and Limiting Liability: The Price-Anderson
Act," Studies in Law, Politics and Society 11 (1991),
pp. 137-163. With William J. Lofquist.
"The Weakening of Tensions: Talcott Parsons on the Individual
and Society," Current Perspectives in Social Theory 10
"Michel Foucault: Law, Knowledge and Power," Journal
of Law and Society 17 (1990), pp.170-194.
"The Public/Private Distinction: Approaches to the Critique
of Ideology," Law and Society Review 22 (1988), pp.
"Laid-Off Workers, the Chrysler Loan Guarantee and Corporatist
Legitimacy: A Thematic Analysis," Contemporary Crises 9
(1985), pp. 229-54. With David Costello.
"Situated Corporatist Legitimacy: The 1980 Chrysler Loan Guarantee," Research
in Law, Deviance and Social Control 4 (1982), pp.165-190.
"Privatism and Orientations Toward Political Action," Urban
Life 9 (1980), 217- 235.
"Legitimation, Authority and Consensus Formation," International
Journal for the Sociology of Law 8 (1980), pp. 19-32.
"Testing Durkheim: Some Theoretical Considerations," Law
and Society Review 13 (1979), pp. 721-738.
"Radical Sociology: The Emergence of Neo-Marxian Perspectives
in U.S. Sociology," Annual Review of Sociology 4 (1978),
pp. 193-238. With Richard Flacks.
"The Military in American Society." in Sociology: The
Discipline and Its Direction. William J. Chambliss and T.E.
Ryther. 1975. New York: McGraw- Hill, pp. 281-296.
Courses Regularly Offered
SOCI 312: Theories Of Society. Covers writings
of Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber and related current approaches.
Focuses on theoretical perspectives concerned with social development,
social conflict, solidarity, social class and gender.
SOCI 345/CRJU 345: Sociology Of Law. Analysis of
law as a social process in both historical and comparative perspective.
Focuses on various theories of law and society and relevant empirical
SOCI 416: Social Thought And Contemporary Society.
Seminar focuses on ways in which social thought defines and analyzes
contemporary society. Explores how alternative theories and methods
serve to create knowledge about contemporary concerns with everyday
life, democracy, equality, social structure and power.
SOCI 442: Law And Society Practicum And Seminar.
Field experience and related seminar. Placement in court, law firm
or other law-related institution where students work for approximately
160 hours under professionally trained supervisors; weekly seminar
with program coordinator.
LEST 401: Senior Seminar. Culminates the legal
studies minor by requiring an independent research project resulting
in a term paper. Seminar provides guidance from professor and chance
to share ideas and problems with fellow students.
SOCI 612: Development Of Sociological Theory. Historical
survey of the development of sociology and sociological theory beginning
with contract theorists through the classic European theorists of
the nineteenth century.
SOCI 655: Law And Society. Historical and structural
development of legal systems. Emphasis on comparative legal systems
in various cultures from Roman and Oriental law to Anglo-American
SOCI 813: Current Issues In Social Theory. Deals
with current controversies in social theory such as the public/private
distinction, the development of symbolic interactionism and Neo-Marxism