This book could not have been written without the myriad discussions and
debates with friends and colleagues. Some of these go back decades and in-
form myeveryday views of theworld. Sohnya Sayres, Juan Flores, Jean Franco,
Doris Sommer, Silviano Santiago, Heloísa Buarque de Hollanda, Beatriz Re-
sende, Alberto Moreiras, Idelber Avelar, John Kraniauskas, Mirta Antonelli,
and many others are part of this transnational interpretive community. I am
particularly appreciative of the time and effort that Toby Miller, Andrew Ross,
Larry Grossberg, Alberto Moreiras, Luis Cárcamo, Micol Seigel, Sonia Alva-
rez, Arturo Escobar, and Ana María Ochoa dedicated to reading and making
specific comments on one or more chapters. Néstor García Canclini’s review
of the Spanish version, as well as Gabriela Ventureira’s excellent translation,
added significant and highly appreciated insights. I am also indebted to my
editor at Duke University Press, Ken Wissoker, and to the various institutions
psc-cuny Research Award for research in Brazil; the U.S.-Mexico Fund for
Culture, fora grant to study howdiversity is construed differentially in Mexico
and the United States; the Rockefeller Foundation’s Post-Doctoral Humani-
ties Fellowship Program,which enabled me to coordinate research on cultural
policy as part of the Privatization of Culture Project at New York University;
and New York University’s various forms of support. To these individuals and
institutions, as well as to the many others mentioned in the pages that follow,
I give my heartfelt thanks.
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