Professor Emerita of Sociology


Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1972

Focus of Research

Social Theory. Critical Theory and Social Movements. Applications of Autopoietic Theory to Cultural/Social Transitions. Existential Sociology. Sociology of Law.

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Gila J. Hayim

The thematic concerns of Gila Hayim's research revolve around the sociology and social psychology of cultural and identity transformations, especially in relation to our transitional experience in the emergent network society. An additional focus of Hayim's research centers around the study of complex systems using an autopoiesis methodology.

Select Publications

"Instability, Complexity, and Cultural Change: An Autopoiesis Approach," Mellen Press, an Internationall Publisher of Advanced Research, 2006.

Existentialism and Sociology book cover "Existentialism and Sociology: An Expanded Edition with a New Introduction,"  Transactions Publishers, New Brunswick, 1996.

"Hegel's Critical Theory and Feminist Concerns," in Hegel, Volume II ed. David Lamb (The International Library of Critical Essays in the History of Philosophy. Ashgate Press, Dartmouth, 1998), pp.545-565.

"Post-Modern Tendencies in the Social Theory of Luhmann," Human Studies: A Journal of Philosophy and the Social Sciences, Vol. 27, pp. 307-324, 1994. Kluwer Academic Publishers. Printed in the Netherlands.

"Naturalism and the Crisis of Rationalism in Habermas," Social Theory and Practice, Vol. 18, no. 2 (Summer 1992) pp. 187-209.

"The Existential Sociology of Jean-Paul Sartre," University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst, 1980.

"Modern Reality Strategies: An analysis of Weber, Freud, and Ellul," Human Studies, Vol 1, no. 4, October, 1978.