Professor Bryan Turner


DLitt, University of Cambridge, 2009
MA, University of Cambridge, 2002
DLitt, Flinders University, 1986
PhD, University of Leeds, 1970
BA, University of Leeds, 1966


Professor Bryan Turner is the Director of the Religion and Society Research Centre and Presidential Professor of Sociology at The Graduate Center at the City University of New York, USA. He has taught at the University of Aberdeen, Flinders University, University of Utrecht, Deakin University, Cambridge University and the National University of Singapore. He is the founding editor of the journals Body&Society, Citizenship Studies and Journal of Classical Sociology, and an editorial member of numerous journals including: British Journal of Sociology, European Journal of Social Theory, Contemporary Islam and Journal of Human Rights.

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Areas of Expertise

The sociology of religion, citizenship and human rights, and social and political theory.

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Current Projects

In the past ten years, Bryan’s research has fallen into three broad areas: comparative and historical study of citizenship, specifically in the Asian context; the globalisation of modern societies; and social and political theory within the context of citizenship and human rights. He is currently working on a study in the sociology of religion (Cambridge University Press), and has recently completed editing a Handbook of Globalization Studies (Taylor and Francis). He is soon to initiate a large comparative research programme on global cities, youth cultures and religion.

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Awards and Recognition

• Member, American Sociological Research Association, 2009
• Fellow, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, 2002-2005
• Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Helsinki, 1995
• Alexander von Humboldt Professorial Fellow, University of Bielfeld, Germany, 1987-1988
• Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences , appointed 1987
• Morris Ginsberg Fellow, London School of Economics, University of London, 1981

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Selected Publications


2012 Turner B, Elliott A, On Society, Polity, Cambridge.

2011 Religion and Modern Society: Citizenship, Secularisation and the State, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

2010 Turner B, Khondker H Globalization East and West, SAGE, London

2009 Can we live forever? A sociological and moral inquiry, Anthem Press, London.

2009 Nasir, Kamaludeen Mohamed, Alexius A. Pereira and Bryan S. Turner Muslims in Singapore: Piety, politics and policies, Routledge, London.

2008 Body and Society: Explorations in Social Theory (third revised edition), SAGE, London.

2008 Rights and Virtues: Political Essays on Citizenship and Social Justice Bardwell Press, London.

2006 Vulnerability and Human Rights, Penn State University Press, PA.

2004 The New Medical Sociology, Norton, New York.

1999 Classical Sociology, SAGE, London.

1996 For Weber: Essays on the Sociology of Fate (second revised edition), SAGE, London.

1995 Medical Power and Social Knowledge (second revised edition) SAGE, London.

1994 Orientalism, Postmodernism and Globalism, Routledge, London.

1992 Regulating Bodies: essays in medical sociology, Routledge, London.

1991 Max Weber: from history to modernity, Routledge, London

1991 Religion and Social Theory, (second edition with a new introduction), SAGE, London.

Edited Volumes

2012 Turner, B, Routledge Handbook of Body Studies, Routledge, UK.

2012 Turner, B. and Chang Kyung-Sup, Contested Citizenship in East Asia, Routledge, UK.

2011 Susen, S. and B. Turner (eds) The Legacy of Pierre Bourdieu: Critical Essays, Anthem Press, New York.

2011 Ben-Porat, Guy and B. Turner (eds) The Contradictions of Israeli Citizenship Land, Religion and State, Taylor and Francis, London.

2010 Secularization (Four-Volume Set) SAGE, UK.

2010 The New Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Religion, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford.

2009 The Routledge International Handbook of Globalization Studies, Routledge, London.

2009 The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory, Blackwell- Wiley,  Oxford.

2007 Religious Diversity and Civil Society. A Comparative Analysis, Bardwell Press,  Oxford.

2006 The Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology, Cambridge: Cambridge.

2003 Islam: Critical Concepts in Sociology (4 volumes), Routledge, London and New York.

2000 Blackwell Companion to Social Theory (second revised edition),  Blackwell, Oxford.

2000 Orientalism: Early Sources (12 volumes), Routledge, London and New York.

Chapters in Books


Turner B, 2012, 'The cosmopolitanism of the sacred' in Routledge Handbook of Cosmopolitanism Studies , Gerard Delanty (ed), U.K., pp 188-197.

Turner B, 2012, Post-Secular Society: Consumerism and the Democratization of Religion in The Post-Secular in Question: Religion in contemporary society, Philip S. Gorski, David Kyuman KIm, John Torpey and Jonathan VanAntwerpen, New York, pp 135-158. 
Turner B, Kyung-Sup C, 2012, Whither East Asian citizenship? in Contested Citizenship in East Asia: Developmental politics, national unity and globablization, Byran S. Turner and Chang Kyung-Sup, Routledge, pp 243-255.

Turner B, 2012, National and social citizenship: some structural and cultural problems with modern citizenship in Contested Citizenship in East Asia: Developmental politics, national unity and globablization, Bryan S. Turner and Chang Kyung-Sup, UK, pp 15-42.

Kyung-Sup C, Turner B, 2012, Introduction: East Asia and citizenship in Contested Citizenship in East Asia: Developmental politics, national unity and globablization, Byran S. Turner and Chang Kyung-Sup, UK, pp 1-12.

Onnudottir H, Possamai A, Turner B, 2012, Islam and Indigenous Populations in Australia and New Zealand in Muslims in the West and the Challenges of Belonging, Fethi Mansouri and Vince Marotta, Melbourne, pp 60-86.  
Turner B, 2011, Pierre Bourdieu and the Sociology of Religion in The Legacy of Pierre Bourdieu: Critical Essays, Simon Susen and Bryan S. Turner, London and New York, pp 223-246.

Turner B, Susen S, 2011, Introduction in The Legacy of Pierre Bourdieu: Critical Essays, Simon Susen and Bryan S. Turner, London and New York, pp xi-xxix. 
Barbalet J, Possamai A, Turner B, 2011, Public Religions and the State: A Comparative Perspective in Religion and the State: a comparative sociology, Jack Barbalet, Adam Possamai and Bryan Turner, London and New York, pp 278-282. 

Turner B, 2011, Religion in Liberal and Authoritarian States in Religion and the State: a comparative sociology, Jack Barbalet, Adam Possamai and Bryan Turner, London and New York, pp 25-41. 

Possamai A, Turner B, Barbalet J, 2011, Introduction: States, Consumption and Managing Religions in Religion and the State: a comparative sociology, Jack Barbalet, Adam Possamai and Bryan Turner, London and New York, pp 1-22.

Ben-Porat G, Turner B, 2011, Introduction: contemporary dilemmans of Israeli citizenship in The Contradictions of Israeli Citizenship, Bryan S Turner and Guy Ben-Porat, UK, pp 1-22. 
Turner B, Isin E, 2010, Citizenship, Cosmopolitanism and Human Rights in The Routledge Companion to Social Theory, Anthony Elliot, UK, pp 173-187. 

2010 'Islam, Diaspora and Multiculturalism' in Akbar S. Ahmed and Tamara Sonn (eds) The SAGE Handbook of Islamic Studies, SAGE, London, pp 17-33.

2010 'Cosmopolitanism and the clash of civilizations' in John R. Hall, Laura Grindstaff, and Ming-Cheng Lo (eds) Handbook of Cultural Sociology, Routledge, UK, pp 677-685.

2010 'Islam, Public Religions and the Secularization Debate' in Gabriele Marranci (ed) Muslim Societies and the Challenge of Secularization: An Interdisciplinary Approach, Springer, London, pp 11-30

2010 'Rights, Recognition and Relativism' in Wenche Ommundsen, Michael Leach and Andrew Vandenberg (eds) Cultural Citizenship and the Challenges of Globalization, Wenche Ommundsen, Michael Leach and Andrew Vandenberg (eds), Hampton Press, USA, pp 25-50

2009 ‘Max Weber on Islam and Confucianism: the Kantian Theory of Secularization’ in Peter B. Clarke (ed) The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp.79-97

2009 ‘Preface to the new edition’ of H.H. Gerth and C. Wright Mills (eds) From Max Weber:Essays in Sociology London: Routledge, pp. xii –xxxiv

2009 ‘Violence, Human Rights and Piety: cosmopolitanism versus virtuous exclusion’ in Thomas Brudholm and Thomas Cushman (eds) The Religious in Responses to Mass Atrocity. Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 242- 263.

2009 ‘Goods not Gods: New Spiritualities, Consumerism and Religious Markets’ in Ian Rees Jones, Paul Higgs and David J. Ekerdt (eds) Consumption and Generational Changes. The Rise of Consumer Lifestyles, New Brunswick: Transaction, pp.37-62

2009 ‘Marxism and Exile: Reflections on Intellectual Migration’ in Katie Terezakis (ed) Engaging Agnes Heller. A Critical Companion , Lanham :Lexington Books, pp. 23-36

2009 ’A sociology of citizenship and human rights.Does social theory still exist?’ in R.Morgan and B.S. Turner (eds) Interpreting Human Rights London: Routledge, pp. 177-199


2012 'Sociology in the USA and beyond : a half-century decline?', Journal of Sociology, vol 48, no. 4, pp 364-379.

2012 'Managing religions, citizenship and the liberal paradox', Citizenship Studies, vol 16, pp 1059-1072.

2011 'Legal pluralism, state sovereignty, and Citizenship', Democracy and Security, vol 7, no. 4, pp 317-337.

2011 (with Susen S.) 'Tradition and innovation in classical sociology' Journal of Classical Sociology 11 (1): 5-13.

2011 (with Zengin Arslan B.) 'Shari’a and legal pluralism in the West' European Journal of  Social Theory 14 (2): 139-152.

2011 'Max Weber and the spirit of resentment: The Nietzsche legacy' Journal of Classical Sociology  11 (1): 75-92.

2010 (with Onnudottir H, Possamai A) 'Islam: A New Religious Vehicle for Aboriginal Self-Empowerment in Australia?', International Journal for the Study of New Religions 1(1):49-74.

2010 ‘Revisiting Weber and Islam’ British Journal of Sociology vol 60 (online special publication)

2009 ‘Religious Speech. The Ineffable Nature of Religious Communication in the Information Age’ Theory Culture & Society 25 (7-8): 219-235.

2009 ‘Reshaping the Sociology of Religion: globalization, spirituality and the erosion of the social’ Sociological Review 57(1):186-200.

2009 ‘America – an exceptional modernity?’ Journal of Classical Sociology 9(1):168-79.

2009 ‘T.H.Marshall, social rights and English national identity’ Citizenship Studies 13(1): 65- 73.

2009 ‘Longevity ancient and modern’ Society 46(3):255-261.

2008 ‘Substantive democracy as civil sphere: further considerations on Blau and Moncada’ Sociological Analysis 1(i): 44-5.

2008 ‘Citizenship, reproduction and the state: international marriage and human rights’ Citizenship Studies 12(1).

2008 ‘Introduction: the price of piety’ Contemporary Islam 2:1-6.

2008 (with Tong, Joy Kooi-Chin) ‘Women, piety and practice: a study of women and religious practice in Malaya’ Contemporary Islam 2: 41-59.

2008 ‘Civility, civil sphere and citizenship: solidarity versus the enclave society’ Citizenship Studies 12 (2): 177-184.

2008 (with Guy Ben-Porat) ‘Contemporary Dilemmas of Israeli Citizenship’ Citizenship Studies 12(3): 195-201.

2008 ‘Does Anthropology still Exist?’ Society 45(3):260-66.

2008 ‘Policy Options for the New President in Asia’ Society 45(5):429-432.

2008 ‘Somaesthetics and the critique of Cartesian dualism’ (Review Article) Body & Society 14(3):129-33.

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