A prominent theme that runs throughout Mothering through Precarity is
the vital significance of the infrastructures we inhabit. Infrastructures
are our conditions of possibility. They allow us to travel, connect, and get ­
things done. Or not. This book would not have happened without many
First, our intellectual infrastructure: We are lucky to have a brilliant
group of feminist media scholars who inspire, mentor, and support us,
including Sarah Banet-­Weiser, Elana Levine, Allison McCracken, Sujata
Moorti, Carol Stabile, and Brenda Weber. Diane Negra championed this
proj­ect in its infancy, and her unyielding faith that we ­ w ere on to something
impor­tant made all the difference. Much is owed too to Laurie Ouellette,
who taught Julie to dwell in the pressure points of social life and whose own
work and mentorship have played a huge role in the development of our
thinking; to Bambi Haggins, who showed Emily that compassion and criti-
cism can commingle; and to Susan Douglas, who guided Emily to appreciate
popu­lar culture’s everyday pleasures while honing in on mundane gender
wounds. This book has been im­mensely energized by Greg Seigworth, the
Affect Theory Conference: Worldlings, Tensions, ­ F utures (wtf), and every­
one in Stream 11 (“Ordinary Affect and Everyday Life”): you provided so
much inspiration in the very end when we needed it most. The final artic-
ulation is all you. Avi Santo, Jamie Henthorn, and Laura Portwood-­Stacer,
thank you for allowing us to share our work with your own students and
peers. Sarah Crymble, Kamille Gentles-­Peart, Hannah Hamad, and Alice
Leppert, you are our buoys in this profession. Thank you for being ­ there to
listen, read, conspire, commiserate, and laugh.
Duke University Press has been a wonderful publishing infrastructure.
So much is owed to Courtney Berger especially, who recognized early on
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