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The Australian National University

Dr Margot L Lyon

Position: Visiting Fellow


Dr Margot L Lyon

Ph.D. and M.A. University of California (Berkeley)

B.A. Cornell University

Visiting Fellow (Former Faculty)

ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences



Areas of Expertise

Social and Cultural Anthropology 160104

Social Theory 160806

Sociology and Social Studies of Science and Technology 160808

Studies of Asian Society 169903


Research Interests

Critical medical anthropology, including comparative biomedical systems and theories of sickness and healing; the anthropology of pharmaceuticals, particularly changing patterns of medicine use in developing countries; emotion and social theory; embodiment and emotion; Island Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia; globalisation and change.

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Key Publications

Lyon, M. L. Epistemology, Medical Science, and Problem-Based Learning: Introducing an Epistemological Dimension into the Medical School Curriculum. In Handbook of the Sociology of Medical Education. Caragh Brosnan and Bryan Stanley Turner, eds. Routledge. 2009.


Lyon, M. L. Expanding Corticosteroid Use in the Developing World as a Factor in the Epidemiology of Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases. Proceedings of the International Society for Infectious Diseases 13th International Congress on Infectious Diseases. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, June 19-21, 2008.

Lyon, M. L. Emotion, Embodiment, and Agency: The Place of a Social Emotions Perspective in the Cross-Disciplinary Understanding of Emotional Processes. Pp. 199-213. In Emotions as Biocultural Processes. Birgitt Roettger-Roessler and Hans J. Markowitsch, editors. New York: Springer. 2008.

Lyon, M. L. Technologies of Feeling and Being: Medicines in Contemporary Indonesia. Leiden, The Netherlands: IIAS (International Institute for Asian Studies) Newsletter. No. 37. June 2005.

Lyon, M. L. ‘Immune’ to Emotion: The Relative Absence of Emotion in PNI, and Its Centrality to Everything Else. Pp. 82-104 in Social and Cultural Lives of Immune Systems. J. Wilce, ed. London: Routledge. 2003.

Lyon, M. L. Jamu for the Ills of Modernity. Inside Indonesia. No. 75. July-September 2003. Melbourne.

Lyon, M. L. Emotion and Embodiment: The Respiratory Mediation of Bodily and Social Processes. Pp. 182-212. In Biocultural Approaches to the Emotions. A. L. Hinton, ed. Cambridge University Press. 1999.

Lyon, M. L. The Limitations of Cultural Constructionism in the Study of Emotion. Pp. 39-59. In Emotions in Social Life: Critical Themes and Contemporary Issues. G. A. Bendelow and S. J. Williams, eds. Routledge. 1998. VOLUME RE-ISSUED 2005 by Taylor and Francis E-Library.

Lyon, M. L. The Material Body, Social Processes, and Emotion: ‘Techniques of the Body’ Revisited. Body and Society 3(1):83-101. 1997. Sage.

Lyon, M. L. C. Wright Mills Meets Prozac: The Relevance of ‘Social Emotion’ to the Sociology of Health and Illness. Pp. 55-78. In Health and the Sociology of Emotion. Sociology of Health and Illness Monograph Series.  Veronica James and Jonathan Gabe, eds. Oxford: Blackwell. 1996.

Lyon, M. L. Missing Emotion: The Limitations of Cultural Constructionism in the Study of Emotion. Cultural Anthropology 10(2):244-263. 1995.

Lyon, M. L. Emotion as Mediator of Somatic and Social Processes: The Example of Respiration. Social Perspectives on Emotion Vol. II:83-108. Greenwich, Conn.: JAI Press. 1994. [William M. Wentworth and John Ryan, volume eds. Series editor, David Franks.]

Lyon, M. L. (with J.M.Barbalet) Society’s Body: Emotion and the “Somatization” of Social Theory. Pp. 48-66. In T. J. Csordas, ed. Embodiment and Experience: The Existential Ground of Culture and Self. Cambridge University Press. 1994.

Lyon, M. L. Technology, Medicine, and Psychosocial Context: The Case of Psychoneuroimmunology. Pp. 259-273. In I. Robinson, ed. Life and Death Under High Technology Medicine. Fulbright Colloquium Series. Manchester University Press. 1994.

Lyon, M. L. Psychoneuroimmunology: The Problem of the Situatedness of Illness and the Conceptualization of Healing. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry 17(1):77-97

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