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Sociologist wins book award

Published: 7 March 2014 Origin:  Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology

A lecturer in Sociology has been selected as one of the winners of the Association for Asian American Studies Outstanding Book award.

Dr Bindi Shah 's book, Laotian Daughters: Working toward community belonging and environmental justice , was published in 2012. The book award committee states;

Shah’s study of environmental justice activism from the vantage point of young women presents a rich ethnography into the complexity and the art of political practice. By combining social movement analysis with youth and young girls’ activism in particular that of Laotian teenagers in California, Shah documents how political mobilization is an act of critique and theorization that then leads to action. As such Shah provides a valuable and much needed study for those interested in youth activism and Southeast Asian American Studies.

Dr Shah’s other research interests include migration and religion. She is currently investigating the Jain diaspora, estimated spanning across 36 countries, particularly the role and significance of religion in the lives of second-generation Jains in the UK and USA. She is also developing a new project investigating the impact of diasporic Jains’ transnational social and political engagements in India.

The book will be recognised at the annual AAAS meeting held in San Francisco next month.

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