ac know ledg ments
I would like to begin by thanking all the people in Toronto, Lahore, and
Karachi who shared their lives and their stories with me. In order to protect
their confidentiality, I cannot name them here, but I am forever indebted to
them. I also wish to thank the numerous organ izations that allowed me to
conduct research within their walls, and the patience they had in answering
my unending questions. A special thanks goes to Mazeena.
I am also grateful for several institutions and centers whose generosity
made this research and writing pos si ble. This research was supported by
funding from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation; the uc President’s Fac-
ulty Research Fellowship in the Humanities; the National Bureau of Eco-
nomic Research at Harvard University; the Department of Anthropology
at Stanford University; the Institute for International Studies at Stanford
University; the Research Institute for Comparative Studies in Race and
Ethnicity at Stanford University; the Clayman Institute for Gender Re-
search at Stanford University; the Department of Asian American Studies
at the University of California, Santa Barbara; the University of California
Academic Senate; the ucsb Interdisciplinary Humanities Center; the uc
Center for New Racial Studies; and the Hellman Fellows Program.
My thinking has been deeply inspired by James Ferguson and Akhil Gupta,
who introduced me to critical studies of globalization long before I arrived
at Stanford University. James Ferguson’s willingness to read drafts at every
stage and his critical engagement with my work has been invaluable. Akhil
Gupta’s mentorship, guidance, and writings helped inspire me throughout
my time at Stanford, and I thank him for helping me conceptualize this
proj ect. I thank Purnima Mankekar for her constant encouragement of my
work in South Asian diaspora studies and her critical engagement with
my research and writing. I also wish to thank Shahzad Bashir, Renato
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