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Too late.  

I ♥ Karl Polanyi.  

He's one of the honored elders with Bordieu, Mauss, Durkheim, and the rest.  The big issue for me is whether my major professors will be amused that I am prone to draw from the literature of economic sociology (I requested a journal article through interllibrary loan, and they had to get it from the British Library because no library in the US apparently had access.  Mind you this was in English.), or will see me as a waste of time and of no credit to the discipline of political science.

The difference between brilliance and idiocy would appear to be first impressions, and I'm more than a little concerned at the reception my research will receive.  Compound this that what I'm writing on has little literature background in political science, particularly of the American variety.)  

There are those days I seriously consider making the move, and applying to British schools and looking at PhD availability in Spain.  But then I think that I could try to arrange a Fulbright for funding instead and do research in Europe, or even seek out funding for a semester at one of the European schools more focused on this for a semester or two from European sources.  

For better or worse, this country is my home. And making the move means facing the possibility of leaving a mother with a limited lifespan (congenital heart failure) 3,000 miles away.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sat Oct 20th, 2007 at 10:20:05 PM EST
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I sympathize with your dilemma. Our move to Paris was motivated by many things, among them my interest in and admiration for Pierre Bourdieu-- and then he went and died on me.
Great sadness.
For many years we spent a fortune on plane tickets to Ohio and Florida keeping our relationship with aging parents alive, and feeding the heart with the sweetness of their presence.
Time and the inevitable end has removed that problem.
That said, I revel in the freedom to cruise the Bibliotec Nationale and find so much that just aint on anyone's radar screen over there.

Capitalism searches out the darkest corners of human potential, and mainlines them.
by geezer in Paris (risico at wanadoo(flypoop)fr) on Sat Oct 20th, 2007 at 11:33:18 PM EST
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Stepping outside the beaten, approved, and well-trod tracks by informing your research and papers with the findings of economic sociology and economic anthropology will either be greeted with praise or you will be tossed on the street.  Your chances of the first are greater if you can find a major professor who has some sympathy for your preferred modus operandi.  PolSci ain't my field so I haven't a clue, can't help.  What I do know - from a friend who was tossed, several who are ABT, Elaine got hers, and my father-in-law, a department chairman - is: a thesis is a royal pain which is raised to the n-th degree if you also have to fight your thesis committee.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sun Oct 21st, 2007 at 01:07:05 AM EST
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