This book began as my dissertation. In this connection, I would like
to thank my professors: Wesley Kort, for asking me to think broadly
about how this project changed my assumptions regarding violence; Jean
O’Barr, for letting me know how much she valued the type of insight I
have about the world in a context that did not value it; Regina Schwartz,
for the interest and support that she has shown my work; Ken Surin, for
introducing me to the world of theory without dismissing my criticisms
and resistance; and Grant Wacker, for a careful and candid reading that
helped me think about how this text might be read by people who stand in
a very di√erent place than I do. Last, but certainly not least, I thank my
dissertation advisor, Bruce Lawrence. At those times when the complexity
of my sentence structure would lead me to despair of communicating
what I saw, Bruce would simplify my sentences, but he would never let me
sacrifice the complexity of my ideas, not even when I was ready to.
For giving me free range in their research library as I was starting this
project, I thank Political Research Associates in Cambridge, Massachu-
setts; Citizen’s Project in Colorado Springs; Equality Colorado in Denver;
and the Center for Democratic Renewal in Atlanta. Special thanks to Jan
and Jim Diers for opening their home to me in Colorado Springs and to
Wenda Bauchspies for finding me housing amid her Peace Corps friends
and traveling with me.
I was fortunate to go through graduate school with a group of col-
leagues—Karla Bohmbach, Sandie Gravett, Volker Greifenhagen, Kelly
Jarrett, and Randy Styers—whose support and intelligence continue to
sustain me. In particular, Kelly and Randy are the readers to whom I turn
when I feel most insecure; this book is so much better for your conversa-
tions and insights, encouragement and commitment.
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