Ac know ledg ments
The research on which this book is based began in 2005 and continued
through 2012, the bulk of it conducted between June 2006 and August 2007,
although I continued to make six- to eight- week return visits during each of
the subsequent summers. For their assistance with this project, I thank Rose
Marie Achá, Eric Hinojosa, and Ruth Ordoñez, as well as the pseudonymous
Nacho Antezana. I am, of course, eternally grateful to the men and women
of the Cancha who allowed me to work with them and to write about their
lives. In par ticular, I am thankful for the collaboration of the men I call Don
Rafo and Don Silvio, whose help and assistance, while not disinterested,
was fundamental to the success of my project.
The material contained herein is based on work supported by the Na-
tional Science Foundation under Grant No. 0540702. Any opinions, find-
ings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are
mine and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foun-
dation. Portions of chapters 16, 22, and 29 previously appeared in the ar-
ticle “Color- Coded Sovereignty and the Men in Black: Private Security in
a Bolivian Marketplace,” Conflict and Society (2015). Some of the data from
Chapter 32 was also used in a chapter titled, “Aspiration: Dreaming of a
Public Policing in Bolivia,” in Ethnography of Policing, ed. Didier Fassin (Chi-
cago: University of Chicago Press, forthcoming).
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