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Sociology Faculty Member Publishes Book Chapter


Vinay BahlVinay Bahl, associate professor of sociology at Pennsylvania College of Technology, contributed a chapter in the recently published book “The Cultures of Economic Migration: International Perspectives.”

The book, which was published in September by Ashgate Publishing, London, was edited by Suman Gupta and Tope Omoniyi. It explores the processes of economic migration, the social conditions that follow it and the discourses that underlie research into it.

Bahl’s chapter is titled “Negotiating the Shifting Boundaries of Nativeness and Modernity in Immigrant South Asian Women’s Clothes.”

Bahl has taught sociology at Penn College since 1996. She earned her doctorate from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1991. In 2002-03, she was invited as a visiting scholar to the College de France, Paris. She was a visiting scholar at Amsterdam’s International Institute of Asian Studies in 2004.

She has published three books (one co-edited) and numerous articles on subjects that include industrialization, the working class, the caste system, the women’s movement, music, South Asian women’s clothes and Third World women.

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