The writing of this book was made possible by the generous
support of an acls Fellowship from the American Council of
Learned Societies, 2010–11. During that time, my leave from
my university responsibilities was supported by Rutgers Univer-
sity’s Competitive Fellowship Leave policy, which allowed me to
enjoy the full benefits of the acls award. The material con-
tained herein is based on work supported by the National Sci-
ence Foundation under Grant No. 0540702. Any opinions, find-
ings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this
material are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect
the views of the National Science Foundation. Additional sup-
port was provided by a National Endowment for the Humanities
Summer Stipend in 2010.
I am very appreciative of the intellectual, professional, and
personal support I have received from my friends and colleagues
in the Critical Interventions in Theory and Ethnography pro-
gram in the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers University.
The program has provided me with the intellectual space in
which creative research, writing, and pedagogy can be practiced,
and I am grateful for that. In particular, I thank my colleagues
Angelique Haugerud, Dorothy Hodgson, David McDermott
Hughes, Rocío Magaña, and Frances E. Mascia-Lees for their
insightful feedback as I revised these chapters for publication.
Ana Sverdlik and Natasha Bennett at Rutgers both assisted with
data preparation and management. This work has also benefited
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