Oyman Basaran

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Teaching this semester

SOC 1101. Introduction to Sociology, A

The major perspectives of sociology. Application of the scientific method to sociological theory and to current social issues. Theories ranging from social determinism to free will are considered, including the work of Durkheim, Marx, Merton, Weber, and others. Attention is given to such concepts as role, status, society, culture, institution, personality, social organization, the dynamics of change, the social roots of behavior and attitudes, social control, deviance, socialization, and the dialectical relationship between individual and society.

SOC 2260. Capitalism, Modernity, and Religion in Turkey

Investigates classical and contemporary sociological accounts of secularism, modernity, and capitalism by examining the social and political history of Turkey. Analyzes the emergence of modern Turkey, a successor state of the Ottoman Empire, which spanned three continents and was dismantled at the end of World War I. Maps out Turkey's social, political, and economic landscape from the late nineteenth century until the present. Covers themes such as state violence, religion, hegemony, gender and sexuality, nationalism, and neoliberalism.

I study the sociology of medicine, gender & sexuality, and sociology of work. The regional focus of my work is the Middle East. My recent work examines the medicalization of male circumcision in Turkey.


  • B.A., Philosophy, Bogazici University
  • M.A, Sociology, Bogazici University
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Massachusetts; Amherst

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