This book has a long genealogy, having begun as an idea in the mid-
1990s. Given its very long gestational period, there are too many
people to thank for their contributions during the course of this
book’s production. Nevertheless, this is my attempt at doing so.
My teachers and mentors at Emory University’s Rollins School
of Public Health, where I was a master’s student in international
health, provided the impetus for my first trip to Mumbai as a stu-
dent intern for an organization working in one of the red- light dis-
tricts there. I am especially grateful to Stanley O. Foster and James
Setzer, as well as Enid Bulboff Sullivan and my classmates at the
time, all of whom contributed to the development of my scholarly
interests and to my skill in addressing them. The project continued
to develop afterward as a PhD research project while I was a grad-
uate student in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences in the
Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Under
the auspices of this interdisciplinary program, I had the benefit of
working with mentors in both the School of Public Health and the
Department of Anthropology. I am especially grateful to Carole S.
Vance, my adviser and mentor, without whom I can imagine nei-
ther myself as a scholar nor the life of this project. I am also grate-
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