Multisited ethnographies generate complex itineraries of obligations and debts
of gratitude. First we must thank those whose belief in our project from the
start made it possible to begin: the Economic and Social Research Council pro-
gram on Transnational Communities, and its director, Steve Vertovec. Manuel
Castells gave ongoing support, and Fiona Wilson encouraged us unstintingly
with good suggestions at conferences.
The research for this book would not have been possible without the interest
and assistance of institutions and individuals in the field. We are very grateful
to everyone who took the time to be interviewed or provide primary docu-
ments, but a few deserve special mention. In Bolivia, former members of the
Andean Oral History Workshop, especially Carlos Mamani and Maria Eugenia
Choque, enthusiastically embraced our project. They willingly offered inter-
views, facilitated contacts with indigenous leaders, and invited us to meetings
and other events as participant observers. Esteban Ticona and Ricardo Calla
of the Universidad de la Cordillera in La Paz also provided invaluable insight,
as well as access to important documented materials. Maria Ester Udaeta of
the Campesino Promotion and Information Center in La Paz was especially
helpful with information and her views on water politics and policy. We are
also grateful to the National Council of Ayllus and Markas and the Indigenous
Confederation of the Bolivian lowlands, who provided primary documents,
invited us to workshops and assemblies, and gave in-depth interviews. Likewise,
we thank leaders of the Confederation of Bolivian Peasant Workers, who took
time out to be interviewed. Members of international development organiza-
tions operating in Bolivia, especially Hans Hoffmeyer, David Tuchschneider, and
Liz Ditchburn, deserve thanks for their interest in and support of our research.
In the Cochabamba region, Pablo Regalsky, Maggie Anderson, Pamela Calla,
Maria Esther Pozo, and Carlos Crespo provided invaluable support by way of
interviews, feedback, and criticism, contacts for further research, and invitations
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