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CFT Assistant Director Joe Bandy Highlighted in Recent Sociology Publications

Posted by on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 in News.

Joe Bandy recently came to the CFT from Bowdoin College where his research was shifting to a focus on environmental sustainability and economic development in Maine, particularly the sometimes contentious relationships between working class communities and environmental advocacy in Maine’s extractive industries.

From 1996 to 2004, his research investigated the many ways that social movement organizations have responded to the economic changes associated with globalization, especially the efforts of U.S. and Mexican labor and environmental movements to forge coalitions in response to both free trade policy and the social problems associated with export processing.

He has published and presented his work widely and most recently his work has been featured in both Sociologists in Action and The Engaged Sociologist.

Providing examples of how sociologists are using sociological tools to make a positive impact on society, the book contains two inspiring stories from Joe Bandy that illustrate the two core commitments of sociology: using the sociological eye to notice social patterns and using social activism to address social issues. This book teaches students to think sociologically, to develop a sociological eye, and to use sociological tools to become effective participants in a democratic society. Joe Bandy is profiled as one whose research and teaching has been representative of engaged sociology.

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