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Lyn SpillmanLyn Spillman

Professor of Sociology
(PhD, University of California, Berkeley)
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Geographic focus: Australia, United States, settler nations

Thematic interests: Cultural sociology; social theory; economic sociology; comparative historical sociology; qualitative methods; political sociology.

Current research: Trade Associations and Economic Governance

Selected publications:

  • “Interest-Oriented Action,” (with Michael Strand) Annual Review of Sociology 39 (2013)

  • Solidarity in Strategy: Making Business Meaningful in American Trade Associations (University of Chicago Press, 2012)
    Winner, Mary Douglas Prize for Best Book in Cultural Sociology and
    Cowinner, Viviana Zelizer Award for Best Book in Economic Sociology, American Sociological Association, 2013

  • “Culture and Economic Life,” Oxford Handbook of Cultural Sociology (2011)

  • “Political Centers, Progressive Narratives, and Cultural Trauma: Coming to Terms with the Nanjing Massacre in China, 1937–1979” (with Xiaohong Xu), in Mikyoung Kim and Barry Schwartz, eds., North East Asia’s Difficult Past: Studies in Collective Memory (Palgrave MacMillan, 2010)

  • “A Special Camaraderie with Colleagues: Business Associations and Cultural Production for Economic Action,” in Isaac Reed and Jeff Alexander, eds., Meaning and Method: The Cultural Approach to Sociology, Yale Series in Cultural Sociology (Paradigm Press, 2009)

  • “Texts, Bodies, and the Memory of Bloody Sunday” (with Brian Conway), Symbolic Interaction 30, 1 (2007)

  • “Cultural Sociology at the Crossroads of the Discipline” (with Mark Jacobs), Poetics 33, 1 (2005)

  • “Nations ” (with Russell Faeges), in Julia Adams, Elisabeth S. Clemens, and Ann Shola Orloff, eds., The Making and Unmaking of Modernity: Politics and Processes in Historical Sociology (Duke University Press, 2005)

  • “Causal Reasoning, Historical Logic, and Sociological Explanation,” in Jeff Alexander, Gary Marx, and Christine Williams, eds., Self, Social Structure, and Beliefs: Explorations in the Sociological Thought of Neil J. Smelser (University of California Press, 2004)

  • Editor, Cultural Sociology (Blackwell, 2002)

  • “Enriching Exchange: Cultural Dimensions of Markets,” American Journal of Economics and Sociology 58 (1999)

  • Nation and Commemoration: Creating National Identities in the United States and Australia (Cambridge University Press, 1997)

  • “‘Neither the Same Nation Nor Different Nations’: Constitutional Conventions in the United States and Australia,” Comparative Studies in Society and History 38 (1996)




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