ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
This book, perhaps like any book, is not simply my own. My thoughts seem to
always be a segment of a collective endeavor, and over the years, I had the priv-
ilege of belonging to several wonderful intellectual communities that were ab-
solutely essential to my never- ending struggles to find words and arguments,
to formulate and curve ideas, to write, to think.
More specifically, and personally, I would like to thank several people: Adi
Ophir, for agreeing to be my teacher; for teaching me, as if for anew, how to
think, how to read, and how to approach a problem; and for creating some
of the assemblages with which and through which this book among other
texts took form (assemblages of concepts, projects, and above all people).
I’m also grateful to Merav Amir, for thinking with me so intimately indeed a
truly rare experience; and for giving me the first chapter. Judith Butler made a
certain life- course possible, and I’m forever indebted to her for that, as well as
for many other things: for giving me many of my questions; for always push-
ing me further when I thought I was already “there”; for including me within
her wonderful community; and for providing me with an intellectual home.
(There is both an academic and a personal home here, which I would not have
been able to inhabit without her.) To Yves Winter I thank for so much, really,
but above all for always being unsatisfied with what I say or write and for,
at the very same time, providing me a network of security that caught me and
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