I am indebted to a small circle of wonderful friends who have been a cen-
tral part of my intellectual life for decades—John Clarke, Meaghan Morris,
James Hay, Chuck Whitney, and Ellen Wartella. I have been extremely for-
tunate to find an equally wonderful circle of friends and interlocutors in
North Carolina—Ken Wissoker (a fantastic editor as well), Cathy Davidson,
Della Pollock, John Pickles, and Arturo Escobar. And I would be remiss
if I did not acknowledge friends whose work and support mean so much
to me, even if I do not get to see them often enough—Henry Giroux, Jan
Radway, Paul Gilroy, Angela McRobbie, Doreen Massey, Andrew Ross, and
Tony Bennett.
I especially want to thank the people who helped make this book bet-
ter than what I am capable of, by providing feedback on earlier drafts, es-
pecially John Clarke, Stuart Hall, and two ex-students, Ted Striphas and
Mark Hayward. Chris Lundberg and Anne Allison have been useful and
enjoyable interlocutors and resources. Chantal Cornut-Gentille D’Arcy not
only offered invaluably detailed corrections and suggestions but also, with
Sonia López-Baissón, produced the diagram in chapter 6. David Ruccio,
Dick Bryan, Mario Blaser, Meaghan Morris, Michael Hardt, and Eduardo
Restrepo provided help with specific chapters. Vinnie Mosco suggested the
Brecht poem to me. Eric Pineault turned me on to Simmel. Mark Hayward
provided the quotation that is the epigraph of the last chapter.
I owe much to all my graduate students, past and present, who have
always challenged me and continue to do so. I really am grateful for their
collaborative and collective labors. I want to thank the students who have
helped shape cultural studies at the University of North Carolina, in my
seminars on cultural studies, modernity, and economics, and in the vari-
ous working groups of the University Program in Cultural Studies—the
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