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Researcher studies 8 ethnic groups along Gulf Coast

By Olivia McClure
Appreciating the cultural diversity of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico region could be key to understanding how the oil industry has affected society, according to LSU Ag-Center sociologist Mark Schafer. Schafer, along with LSU sociology professor Troy Blanchard and a team of social scientists, is studying how various demographic groups in the region have changed over the years. He said it is important to recognize the history of these groups as well as how they interact with one another. His study is funded by a U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and Research cooperative agreement and began in 2010 soon after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
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