believe that any intellectual project is by nature collective, in the sense
that it owes much to support, conversations, and readings, only some of
which one can remember. To all of them, those I recall and those I do not,
I thank.
I have traveled with this project for many years. On the way, several in-
stitutions have generously supported my work. In Argentina, these include
the Universidad de Buenos Aires and the Consejo Nacional de Investigacio-
nes Científicas y Técnicas. In Spain, these include the Escuela de Estudios
Hispano-Americanos, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, and
the Fundación Sánchez-Albornoz. In the United States, these include the
following: the Duke University–University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill,
Program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, with successive fund­
ing  from the Mellon, Tinker, and Ford Foundations; at Duke University, the
Department of Cultural Anthropology, the Graduate School, the Center for
International Studies, and the John Hope Franklin Institute for the Humani-
ties; and at Indiana University, the Mendel Committee, Lilly Library. This
sustained support resulted in several articles, some of which are part of this
book. Chapter 1, with some minor changes, has appeared in Comparative
Studies in Society and History 47, no. 1 (2005). An earlier version of chapter
5 has appeared in Colonial Latin American Review 10, no. 1 (2001), under
the title: “Definir y dominar: Los lugares grises en el Cuzco hacia 1540.” I
thank both journals for allowing me to reproduce these articles. I also want
to thank Martti Pärssinen for granting me permission to use as the basis for
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