The ideas for this book emerged over a period of years and are the result
of my sustained dialogue and discussion with a number of people who
share the practical concerns and theoretical interests represented in these
pages. I thank all of these people for their remarkable intelligence and
loyal friendship and support over the last six or seven years. Since this
book would never have been formulated (much less completed) without
them, I would like to think that they will be able to recognize their funda-
mental contributions to its completion. If, for any reason, they cannot,
the fault lies fully in my hands and I apologize sincerely.
First and foremost I express my indebtedness and gratitude to Alberto
Moreiras whose long-standing friendship and unflagging commitment
to open, honest dialogue and debate have been exemplary. Alongside
him I would also like to acknowledge a number of people who, over
the years, and through sometimes quite intense discussions and e-mail
exchanges, have left their indelible mark on the conceptual develop-
ment of this book. They are Jon Beasley-Murray, John Beverley, John
Kraniauskas, Horacio Legrás, Brett Levinson, Cristina Moreiras Menor,
Ileana Rodríguez, Teresa Vilarós, and George Yúdice. In similar fash-
ion I would also like to extend my thanks and enormous appreciation to
the following people for their valued friendship, sustained dialogue, and
support: Marco Dorfsman, Lori Hopkins, Guillermo Irizarry, Daniel
James, Anne Lambright, Ramonita Marcano Ogando, Celio Pichardo,
Nelly Richard, and Willy Thayer.
A few added words of appreciation are necessary. I would like to thank
Ann Wightman for her intelligence, integrity, and support at all times.
Without the commitment and guidance of Reynolds Smith at Duke Uni-
versity Press this book might never have seen the light of day. I would also
like to acknowledge Paz Errázuriz for giving me permission to include a
number of her photographs in the book’s final chapter.
To my parents, Shirl and Ed, my family, and my long-standing friend-
ships in the United Kingdom I offer my unmeasureable indebtedness.
Somehow or other (though I’m not sure what its mechanisms actually
are) this book originates in, yet displaces, the relation between Thatcher-
ism and the Liverpool of the early to mid-1980s. The Falklands/Malvinas
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