I have been fortunate to enjoy the guidance, support, and encouragement
of many people over the course of this inquiry. The project initially took
shape under the guidance of Rosalyn Diprose and Helen Keane, who have
o√ered invaluable clarification, encouragement, and heartening com-
prehension of the concerns this book embodies throughout its many
strange incarnations. I want to thank both of them for their wise advice
and the inspiration of their work. The initial manuscript was written at
the National Centre in hiv Social Research at the University of New
South Wales, and I have my colleagues there to thank for teaching me
what I know about social science, in particular Susan Kippax, whose
interventions into hiv social research have been so crucial. Sue has
expressed unwavering support for my work over many years, for which
I am immensely grateful. From the field of hiv social research and public
health, I have learnt a great deal from discussions with John Ballard,
Colin Batrouney, Jonathan Bollen, Alan Brotherton, June Crawford, Si-
mon Donohoe, Ross Du≈n, Jeanne Ellard, Maude Frances, Suzanne
Fraser, Martin Holt, Michael Hurley, John Imrie, Phillip Keen, Julie Letts,
David McInnes, Dean Murphy, Christy Newman, Marcus O’Donnell,
Asha Persson, Patrick Rawstorne, Edward Reis, Sean Slavin, Gary Smith,
kylie valentine, Paul Van de Ven, Russell Westacott, Heather Worth, and
many others. Among colleagues at the University of New South Wales,
Catherine Mills, Nicholas Rasmussen, Catherine Waldby, and Elizabeth
Wilson engaged me in thought-provoking discussions around medicine,
pharmaceuticals, and society. Students in my course ‘‘Bodies, Habits, and
Pleasures’’ provided a lively context for further thought and work. Thanks
must go to Kath Albury and Tobin Saunders for putting on a good show,
and to Brent Beadle for suggesting I watch it. I am grateful to Carol Boyd,
Joseph Jewitt, Elspeth Probyn, Robert Reynolds, Elizabeth Wilson, and
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