This volume grew out of a creative spark in a spur-of-the-moment conversa-
tion at a conference and, since 1999, a widening circle of colleagues have
joined us in discussing the questions we raise in this volume. We owe our
first acknowledgments to the contributors who made their work available for
this collection and whose patience and responsiveness to our editorial sug-
gestions was outstanding. Although it has taken much longer than either of
us anticipated to complete this volume, we deeply appreciate the willingness
of the contributors to join in the project and stay to the end. Lively discus-
sions with participants at several conferences were key to the intellectual
formation of this work, including the panel ‘‘Sex, Science, and the State’’
(organized by Stacy Pigg, with the participation of Leslie Butt and Lawrence
Cohen) at the American Ethnological Society meeting in March 1999; the
conference ‘‘Sexualities, Masculinities, and Culture in South Asia,’’ orga-
nized by Sanjay Srivastava at Deakin University in Melbourne Australia; and
the panel ‘‘Internationalisation and the Subject of Sex’’ (organized by Stacy
Pigg and Leslie Butt) as well as the plenary sessions at the Third Conference
of the International Association for the Study of Sex, Culture, and Society at
the University of Melbourne in October 2001. We also wish to recognize
here the creative dynamic of our collaboration. For Stacy, Vincanne’s un-
canny, electrical ability to bridge ideas with a spark of insight has animated
this project from the beginning. Always able to go straight to the core, to see
the big picture, to turn the perfect phrase, and to pull it all together, her
unwavering depth of intellect has held this volume together in numerous
practical and ethereal ways. For Vincanne’s part, thanks are due to Stacy for
her perspicacity, tenacity, and analytical brilliance. More than most collabora-
tors, she seems always to be able to mix the hard and dirty work of painstak-
ing revisions and literature reviews with a commitment to freshness of in-
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