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This ethnography, which began as my dissertation,
would have been impossible to write without the sup-
port of the Department of Cultural Anthropology and the
Women’s Studies Program at Duke University. Antonio
Viego’s seminar on queer theories started me on this proj-
ect, and Antonio remains one of the most compassionate,
careful readers I have ever encountered. Anne Allison has
been an amazing mentor, advisor, and friend, always man-
aging to combine laser-point criticism with true support.
Both Anne and Antonio have given me inspiring models of
queer scholarship. Other faculty members at Duke—in
particular Lee D. Baker, John L. Jackson, Ralph Litzinger,
Charlie Piot, Naomi Quinn, and Robyn Wiegman—offered
sage advice, a collegial atmosphere, and the critical sup-
port that made this project possible. I am lucky to have
been able to work with such talented, generous, and kind
scholars.
The Department of Cultural Anthropology provided
funds for preliminary summer research, and support from
my family made it possible for me to do this fieldwork. A
yearlong Women’s Studies Fellowship from Duke allowed
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