The People Next Door: Struggles in the Changing Economy

Dr. Luisa S. Deprez, Department Chair and Professor of Sociology is working with Dr. Sandra S. Butler, University of Maine Professor of Social Work and Graduate Program Coordinator in the UM School of Social Work, on a yearlong, monthly Bangor Daily News feature series that began on Sept. 1, titled “The People Next Door: Struggles in the Changing Economy.” They currently are conducting interviews for the project, which looks at how the changing economy is affecting millions of citizens in the U.S. and hundreds of thousands here in Maine. The series will introduce readers to people who are apt to be your neighbors, struggling to make ends meet, put food on the table, pay their housing costs, put gas in their car and keep themselves and their families healthy. They have aspirations, are working, have worked or are seeking work, and are trying to provide for their families. They are the people next door. The series will begin by profiling people who will be affected by Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of the bill to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The second feature was just published on Oct. 1. Dr. Deprez also teaches in the Women and Gender Studies Program at USM.

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