Dr. Quinn also studies the moralization and classification of markets, bodies, and deaths in order to understand how culture influences social fields.
- The Transformation of Morals in Markets: Death, Benefits, and the Exchange of Life Insurance Policies. (American Journal of Sociology, 2008). This article uses content analysis and interviews to show how position within a field influences morality. Reprinted in The Sociology of Economic Life (Granovetter and Swedberg, eds., Third Edition).
- Blue Chip Bodies. (with Lynne Gerber). Shows how moralization of body size varies depending on a person’s social position and resources; this is illustrated through a comparison of the work of Oprah Winfrey, Morgan Spurlock, and Pat Robertson.
Work in Progress:
- “Sex, Shame, and Subjectivity: Theorizing Homologies in Social Space” (with Lynne Gerber, in process). This working paper introduces the concept of emotional homologies, or similar emotional dispositions, which may mediate cross-group alliances.
- “‘It’s not Because of My Mastectomies. It’s Because I’m Fat’: Body Shame Among Terminally Ill Women” (with Sara McClelland and Lynne Gerber). Draft in process. Analysis of interviews of women with terminal breast cancer reveals that modes of gendered domination – aesthetic labor, ageism, sizeism, and sexualization – all become distinct sites of loss at the end of life in ways that are mediated by overall configurations of cultural and bodily capital.