This book has trotted along at my heels for more years than
I care to admit. Anyone who has accompanied me in my life
over this time has had to deal with its presence and the yap-
ping pack of deadlines, worries, and tasks that always accom-
panied it. I wish to thank my friends and family for their
forbearance and support through this whole process.
Tracing this book to its beginning, I owe my profoundest
debt of gratitude to Gilbert M. Joseph and Stuart B. Schwartz
and also to Jean-Christophe Agnew and Barbara Weinstein. I
thank them for their brilliant advice on my scholarship over
the years, their warmth and kindness, and for the time they
invested in me. I owe a sizeable intellectual and personal debt
to many on the Yale faculty, especially Emilia Viotti da Costa,
John Demos, Michael Denning, Dolores Hayden, Patricia
Pessar, and Lídia Santos. In recent years, my cuny colleagues
have provided me with an intellectually interesting and nur-
turing environment. Dean Elizabeth Hendrey and Frank War-
ren, the most thoughtful and supportive department chair a
person could ever hope for, deserve special mention.
Participants in the Boston Area Latin American History
Workshop at the Rockefeller Center for Latin American
Studies, the Law and Society Graduate Student Workshop,
and the Laboratório de História e Antropologia at the Uni-
versidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro/Instituto de Filosofia e
Ciencias Sociais, the Yale Graduate School Interdisciplinary
Colloquium on Urban History, the cuny Center for the
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