Turowetz, Jason, Dr.

P01 Researcher
Universität Siegen

AH-A 213
Herrengarten 3
57072 Siegen

Telefon: +49 (0)271-740-5228

Jason Turowetz is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Siegen. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016 in sociology with a focus on ethnomethodology and conversation analysis. His research addresses questions of meaning, interaction, and identity in social theory, communication, and cultural sociology – including the relationship of symbolic media to social practices, the experiences of people in socially marginal identities, and what those experiences reveal about power and inequality, and the constitutive conditions required to achieve social justice. Jason’s primary responsibilities with regard to the Garfinkel Archive include organizing and preparing materials for, as well as collaborating on, various research and publication projects. Recently, Jason worked with Anne Rawls to publish Garfinkel’s 1962 manuscript Parsons’ Primer (Springer 2019) and co-authored publications and presentations on archive manuscripts, including “‘Discovering Culture in Interaction: Solving Problems in Cultural Sociology by Recovering the Interactional side of Parsons’ Conception of Culture” (American Journal of Cultural Sociology 2019) and “The Development of Garfinkel’s ‘Trust’ Argument from 1947 to 1967: Demonstrating how Inequality Disrupts Sense and Self-making” (Journal of Classical Sociology 2020). Jason has also published research that explicates Garfinkel’s argument regarding issues of race and inequality, including “Problems Establishing Identity/Residency in a City Neighborhood During a Black/White Police/Citizen Encounter: Reprising Du Bois’ Conception of Submission as “‘Submissive Civility’” (with Anne Rawls and Waverly Duck). His current projects include preparing a book (with Anne Rawls, Clemens Eisenmann, and Elliott Hoey) from archive materials – including audio recordings, written correspondence, and transcripts – based on a 1964 meeting organized by Garfinkel at the UCLA Suicide Prevention Center, at which Parsons, Goffman, and Sacks were also present. 


Jason’s other research projects examine issues of power and inequality in the context of autism diagnosis and the Stanley Milgram “obedience” experiments. Currently, he is working on a book (with Douglas Maynard, under contract with University of Chicago Press) that examines the largely tacit practices clinicians use in diagnosing autism, and how they reify problematic interactions as if they were a property of the child alone, rather than a joint creation through social practices in the testing environment. A second book (with Matthew Hollander, under contract with Oxford University Press) focuses on the Milgram experiments as a perspicuous setting for studying power, resistance, and moral action and decision making in interaction.

  • Sociological Theory
  • Media of Interaction and Cooperation
  • Ethnomethodology/Conversation Analysis
  • Medicine and Science
  • Cultural Sociology
  • Social Psychology
  • Race and Inequality
  • Rawls, Anne Warfield/Turowetz, Jason/Eisenmann, Clemens/Hoey, Elliott (2020): „On Meaning: the Meaning of a Particular Social Fact – “Suicide” – as discussed by Parsons, Garfinkel, Goffman and Sacks in 1964” Paper delivered at the Yale Center for Cultural Sociology.
  • Turowetz, Jason/Rawls, Anne (2020): „The development of Garfinkel’s ‘Trust’ argument from 1947 to 1967: Demonstrating how inequality disrupts sense and self-making”, in: Journal of Classical Sociology.
  • Rawls, Anne/Turowetz, Jason (2019): „Introduction to Parsons’ Primer,” in Garfinkel, Harold, Parsons’ Primer (Rawls, Anne Hg.). Stuttgart: Springer, S. 1-107. 
  • Rawls, Anne/Turowetz, Jason (2019): „‘Discovering Culture’ in Interaction: Solving Problems in Cultural Sociology by Recovering the Interactional Side of Parsons’ Conception of Culture”, in: American Journal of Cultural Sociology. Published online 16 August 2019. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1057/s41290-019-00079-6.
  • Turowetz, Jason/Maynard, Douglas W. (2019): „Documenting Diagnosis: Testing, Labeling, and the Production of Medical Records in an Autism Clinic”, in: Sociology of Health & Illness 41(6): 1023-1039.
  • Maynard, Douglas W./Turowetz, Jason (2019): „Doing Abstraction: Autism Spectrum Disorder and the Sociology of Diagnosis”, in: Sociological Theory 37(1):89-116.
  • Rawls, Anne/ Duck, Waverly/Turowetz, Jason (2018): „Problems Establishing Identity/Residency in a City Neighborhood during a Black/White Police/Citizen Encounter: Reprising Du Bois’ Conception of Submission as “‘Submissive Civility’”, in: City & Community 17(4): 1015-1050.
  • Turowetz, Jason/Maynard, Douglas W. (2018): „Narrating Difference: Narrative as a Method for Differential Diagnosis in a Case of Autism”, in: Symbolic Interaction. 41(3): 357-383.
  • Turowetz, Jason/Hollander, Matthew (2018): „From “Ridiculous” to “Glad to Have Helped”: Debriefing News Delivery and Improved Reactions to Science in Milgram’s “Obedience” Experiments”, in: Social Psychology Quarterly 81(1): 71-93.
  • Hollander, Matthew/Turowetz, Jason (2018): „Multiple Compliant Processes: A Reply to Haslam and Reicher on the Engaged Followership Explanation of ‘Obedience’ in Milgram's experiments”, in: British Journal of Social Psychology 57(2): 301-309.
  • Turowetz, Jason (2017): „On the Use of ‘I Just Thought’ Formulations for Modifying One’s Stance Toward a Problematic Action”, in: Research on Language & Social Interaction 50(4): 348-362.
  • Hollander, Matthew/Turowetz, Jason (2017): „Normalizing Trust: Participants' Immediately Post-Hoc Explanations of Behavior in Milgram's "Obedience" Experiments”, in: British Journal of Social Psychology 56(4): 655-674.
  • Maynard, Douglas/Turowetz, Jason (2017): „Doing Testing: How Concrete Competence Can Facilitate or Inhibit Performances of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder”, in: Qualitative Sociology 40(4): 467-491.
  • Maynard, Douglas/Turowetz, Jason (2017): „Doing Diagnosis: Autism, Interaction Order, and the Use of Narrative in Clinical Talk”, in: Social Psychology Quarterly 80(3): 254-275. 
  • Turowetz, Jason/Maynard, Douglas (2016): „Category Attribution as a Device for Diagnosis: Fitting Children to the Autism Spectrum”, in: Sociology of Health & Illness 38 (4), S. 610-626.
  • Turowetz,Jason/Hollander, Matthew/Maynard (2016): „Ethnomethodology and Social Phenomenology“, in: Abrutyn, Seth (Hg.): Handbook of Contemporary Sociological Theory. New York: Springer, S. 387-410.
  • Turowetz, Jason (2015): „Citing Conduct, Individualizing Symptoms: Accomplishing Autism Diagnosis in Clinical Case Conferences“, in: Social Science & Medicine 142, S. 214-222.
  • Turowetz, Jason (2015): „The Interactional Production of a Clinical Fact in a Case of Autism“, in: Qualitative Sociology 38(1): 57-78.
  • Hollander, Matthew/Turowetz, Jason (2013): “So, why did you decide to do this?”: Soliciting and Formulating Motives for Speed Dating”, in: Discourse & Society 24 (6), S. 701-724.
  • Maynard, Douglas/Turowetz, Jason (2013): „Language Use and Social Interaction“, in: Delamater, John/Ward, Amanda (Hg.): Handbook of Social Psychology (2nd Edition). New York: Springer, S. 251-279.
  • Turowetz, Jason/Hollander, Matthew (2012): „Assessing the Experience of Speed Dating“, in: Discourse Studies 14 (5), S. 635-658.
  • Turowetz, Jason/Maynard, Douglas (2010): „Morality in the Social Interactional and Discursive World of Everyday Life“, in: Hitlin, Steven/Vaisey, Stephen (Hg.): Handbook of the Sociology of Morality. New York: Springer, S. 503-526.