SocGirl2013 Posted September 10, 2013 Share Posted September 10, 2013 Okay, the question sounds silly, but hopefully not so much after I provide some details. I am applying for Fall 2014, interested in studying globalization (particularly neoliberalism and world-capitalism) from a somewhat Marxist and (very much) World-Systems perspective (particularly the impact on the periphery in the core-periphery dynamic). This somehow automatically hinges on environmental sociology as well, without "environment" being the major topic of concern or study. I would prefer doing qualitative research (just because my talents are way more inclined that way) but feel that my topic demands somewhat of a quantitative approach. I haven't taken the GRE yet (scheduled Oct 19, fingers crossed), and assuming I make the cut-offs for all programs (*fingers crossed* the rest of my application I am not at all worried about), how do I determine FIT? Here are my major concerns. 1. MOST programs have professors working within the broader categories of globalization, economic globalization, economic and political sociology. Does this mean most programs are a good fit, or should I narrow it down further? If so, how? I have tried look at professors who study "world-systems" in particular, or even Env. Soc (but like I said, I am less concerned about the environment than the status of periphery countries brought on my the World-Systems dynamic) but that then gets way too specific, excluding certain aspects of my interest (such as the critique of neoliberalism.) 2. Going off of that, it has been difficult to determine which programs, as a whole, are the strongest, most focused on these topic areas. Since many, many cover these areas along with various others, how do I know it's a better fit? I have gone through various websites without getting a very strong idea of the core focus of the institutions. 3. There are many younger, assistant and new associate professors engaged in similar studies. How do I determine POIs? Can they be too young or too old? 4. This one is not a question, but if any of you have any programs that matches what I described jumping out at you that I should look into (particularly in the North East ranging from MA - PA), I'd be eternally grateful. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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