Acknowledgments
From the Editors of Hop on Pop:
We would like to express our appreciation to all
those who contributed their hard work in the
preparation of this book. Early on, Briony Keith
facilitated the initial phase of identifying contrib-
utors and corresponding with them about their
submissions. Shari Goldin did heroic work in bat-
tling computer viruses and getting the manuscript
into final form for submission. R. J. Bain and
Susan Stapleton worked with us to ensure that
the proofreading process went smoothly. We also
wanted to thank Ken Wissoker, who has believed
in this project from the very start, and Deborah
Wong, who came to our rescue and turned every-
thing around in our darkest hours.
From Henry Jenkins:
This book centers around the ways that our writ-
ing and scholarship are informed by the experi-
ences of our everyday life. So it is fitting to take a
moment to thank those people who, on the one
hand, keep me grounded in reality and, on the
other hand, make my life much more than every-
day. Thanks to Cynthia Jenkins, who shapes every-
thing I write; Henry Jenkins IV, who has become
almost as good an editor as his mother and a bet-
ter writer than his father; H. G. and Lucile Jenkins,
who continue to inspire me to greatness; and Jim
and Ann Benson, who are the most supportive in-
laws anyone could ask for. This book reflects a de-
cade of conversations with friends and colleagues
too numerous to name (if you think your name
belongs here, please insert it on your copy and as-
sume that I meant it to be there all along). This is
perhaps a fitting place to aknowledge the contri-
butions Alex Chisholm has made to my intellec-
tual and professional life over the past three years.
His energy, his pragmatism, his creativity, and
his courage make all things possible. And finally,
thanks to Tara and Jane, who have been in there
for what has been the longest, bumpiest ride of my
academic career, and to the contributors, whose
patience surpasses all human understanding.
From Tara McPherson:
This book has been a long time coming, so it al-
most seems impossible to thank all the colleagues,
friends, and family who have provided modes of
sustenance throughout its long production. So,
here I offer both a “blanket” thank you as well as
a couple of more precise ones. The first round of
thanks are due to Henry, Jane, and this volume’s
contributors; I offer each of them my gratitude for
riding out this process. Next, because Hop on Pop
tracks the circuits of exchange between the popu-
lar and the political, examining how culture be-
comes meaningful in daily life, I want to thank
several folks outside the confines of the academy.
My own engagements with the popular are con-
tinually enriched via my association with a circle
of friends endearingly known as “The Fun Club.”
Most of these pals earn their respective livings
in what we in academe often disparagingly call
the “culture industries,” working as film and tv
writers, editors, directors, and producers. These
friendships have taught me just how impoverished
many of our cultural theories of production and
consumption really are, for I’ve watched various
Fun Club members tussle with the politics of pro-
duction on a daily basis. Their struggles to bring
together the popular and the political illustrate
both the possibilities and the limits of the indus-
try, and I applaud their commitment to bringing
new images of gender, sexuality, and race to life in
Hollywood. My understanding of the popular is
also enlivened by daily conversations with my chief
coconspirator, Rob Knaack, whose insights into
everyday life and everyday ethics continue to im-
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