First and foremost, I would like to thank all the Finnish Red Cross people
who so generously shared their thoughts and experiences with me. I will al-
ways be grateful to them for their time and openness. Helena Korhonen first
welcomed me in the Finnish Red Cross at the introduction of Olli Alho. The
currently serving secretary- general, Kristiina Kumpula, and her colleagues
in Helsinki have been very kind to accommodate me since then. The con-
tributions of the Red Cross people in Tampere are everywhere visible. I am
also deeply grateful to the interlocutors I have had regarding knitting and
other work of the hand. The help of the research staff of the City of Helsinki
Library was invaluable. And I have had the most extraordinary research as-
sistants in Jacob Doherty, Hannah Appel, Arvi Pihlman, and Jess Auerbach.
Thank you.
The research first began to resemble a whole during a yearlong Stanford
Humanities Center Fellowship (2007 8) and a fellowship from the American
Council of Learned Societies (acls). I am very grateful for both. Summer
research funding from Stanford University has enabled me to spend time
interviewing Red Cross staff in Finland. At the Stanford Humanities Cen-
ter, I was fortunate to find excellent fellow travelers in Gerald Bruns, James
Clifford, Babacar Fall, and Richard Roberts, among others.
I thank Sally Falk Moore for her farsighted advice, and for setting me on
the path to thinking about mass displacement, and the care and control of
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