the efforts and generosity of many people have made the completion
of this work possible. I want to start by thanking my committee members at the
University of California (uc), Davis, for their academic and personal contribu-
tions to this project: Diane Femlee, Lyn Lofland, Stephen T. Russell, and Laura
Grindsta√. Diane Felmlee, provided support, encouragement, and mentorship,
as well as time and e√ort, to my development as an academic. Lyn Lofland
provided much guidance throughout the early versions of the manuscript; her
apparent confidence in me and my work helped to bolster not only my own
perception of the project, but also my abilities as an academic. Stephen T.
Russell challenged my assumptions about family, friendship, and sexuality,
which improved the quality of my thinking. He not only helped me with this
work but also provided generous assistance with other projects and gave me
steady employment while I attended graduate school. Laura Grindsta√ and the
other faculty members in women’s and gender studies at uc Davis, especially
those who taught in the Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory and Re-
search, helped me to nuance the feminist perspective that underlies the analyses
in this book. The Consortium for Women and Research and the Sociology
Department at uc Davis provided varied forms of funding while I was in gradu-
ate school.
I thank the editorial sta√ I worked with at Duke University Press: Courtney
Berger, Christine Choi, Reynolds Smith, and Sharon Torian, as well as the three
anonymous reviewers whose comments wholly improved the manuscript.
Many thanks to the administrators of and participants in the University of
Michigan Applied Issues in Aging Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (and nia
Grant AG000117) for providing financial and academic support. In particular,
Ruth Dunkle, Berit Ingersoll-Dayton, Karin Martin, and the pre- and post-
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