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International recognition for Sociology lecturer

Published: 25 July 2013

A Sociology lecturer has received international recognition from the American Sociological Association (ASA) for her latest publication.

Dr Bindi Shah was given an Honourable Mention in the ASA’s Asia and Asian American Section for her book Laotian Daughters: Working toward Community, Belonging, and Environmental Justice.

The ASA Asia and Asian American Section aims to enhance the cooperation between Asia, America and the global community by promoting Asia and Asian American Studies within sociology.

Bindi’s path-breaking book focuses on teenage Laotian women’s environmental justice activism in Richmond, California. It charts these young women’s efforts to improve the degraded conditions in their community and explores the ways their activism and political practices resist the negative stereotypes of race, class and gender associated with their ethnic group.

She joined the University of Southampton as a Lecturer in Sociology in January 2011. Her research interests centre on how race, gender, class and religion shape belonging and citizenship among the children of Asian immigrants in the UK and USA.

Bindi said: “I am honoured to have the quality of my research and its theoretical and substantive contributions recognised with an Honourable Mention by such a prominent association.”

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