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Dr Margot L Lyon

Position: Visiting Fellow

School or Centre:

School of Archaeology & Anthropology


Website: My profile website


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

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.


  • 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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