Student Profiles

Jae-Mahn Shim Jae-Mahn Shim

Doctoral Candidate
MA, Sociology, University of Chicago
MA, Community Planning, Seoul National University
BA, Sociology, Seoul National University

Email: jmshim@uchicago.edu
Curriculum Vita: CV

I study the formation and social consequences of cultural and institutional diversity. What are societal consequences of multiple institutions and cultures?

For instance, what are the health consequences of institutional plurality in medicine? My dissertation research titled "Institutionalization of Medical Plurality and Social Consequences" proposes a theory that stresses the extent to which health consequences of medical plurality are determined by specific social contexts in which medico-theoretical and politico-cultural tensions in medical plurality are manifested, coordinated and reconstituted. Methodologically, it uses quantitative and qualitative methods at once: a panel data analysis of 90-some countries & a comparative-historical case study of the US and Japan. Based on this empirical case, it attempts to develop general implications for a venerable sociological tradition inquiring multiple institutions in social system.

On a global and transnational front, I have been examining the cultural-institutional conditions of global society/economy/polity, as well.

Master's Title

Globalization and Institutional Heterogeneity in Medicine


Research Interests

Health and Medicine, Social Studies of Knowledge, Comparative/Historical/Macro Sociology, Economic Sociology/Globalization

Selected Publications

Shim, Jae-Mahn, Gerard Bodeker and Gemma Burford. forthcoming. "Institutional Heterogeneity in Globalization: Co-development of Western-Allopathic Medicine and Traditional-Alternative Medicine." International Sociology.

Lee, Cheol-Sung, Young-Bum Kim and Jae-Mahn Shim. 2011. "The Limit of Equality Projects: Public Sector Expansion, Sectoral Conflicts, and Income Inequality in Post-Industrial Economies." American Sociological Review 76 (1): 100-124.

Shim, Jae-Mahn. 2007. "Community Empowerment through Participatory Planning: Experience of a Mining Town." Journal of Rural Development 29: 1-31.