I had the privilege, the pleasure, the pressure, and the special productivity of
working, for a month or two almost every summer for twenty years, with the
working group on the history of everyday life at the Max Planck Institute for
History, in Goettingen, Germany. The two central members of this group, Alf
Luedtke and Hans Medick, have shaped my sense both of the larger signifi-
cance of everyday lives and methodological and theoretical ways of studying
it. Two other very special German historians, Adelheid von Saldern and Ur-
sula Nienhaus, have been crucial to my work. As I brought what I learned
back, several of my doctoral students at the City University of New York,
with their relentlessly quizzical engagement with my perspectives, helped
shape my understanding of productive ways to work. I specially want to
thank Avram Bornstein, August Carbonella, Kirk Dombrowski, Anthony
Marcus, Unnur Dis Skaptadottir, and Elizabeth TenDyke. Peter Ikeler, then a
graduate student in sociology, was my research assistant while this book was
being written, and his combination of hard work and sharp insight became
particularly helpful. My colleague Michael Blim, who also taught all these
students, in addition both indirectly and directly shared his wisdom and his
balanced vision with me.
As the manuscript developed and my ways of working changed, I was very
significantly helped by Jane McMillan, with her long history of strategically
brilliant and politically committed legal and political activism on behalf of
northern Native people; by Carol Brice- Bennett, by far the most knowledge-
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