A C K N O W L E D G M E N T S
This book would not be possible without the help and
support of many people. I would like to begin by thank-
ing Isabel Pinedo, Anne Rubenstein, and Kelly Kuwabara,
whose warm friendship and ongoing support—emotional,
intellectual, editorial, and material—has been essential to
me at every step. I particulary thank Anne, whose descrip-
tion of lucha libre matches led me to the topic, and whose
collegiality has been invaluable. I consider this project to
be entirely her fault.
Thanks to the following people for their careful reading
of earlier versions of this work: David Valentine, Henry
Goldschmidt, Ben Chesluk, Angela Torresan, Laura Kun-
reuther, Amy Paugh, Randy Martin, Toby Miller, and Marc
Moskowitz. Thanks to Claudio Lomnitz of Columbia Uni-
versity, and Fred Myers, Thomas O. Beidleman, Thomas
Abercrombie, and Diana Taylor of New York University.
Thanks as well to Andy Coe for assistance early in the
project, to Janina Moebius for her generous help in Mex-
ico, and to Valerie Millholland and the editorial staff of
Duke University Press.
I would also like to thank my martial arts teachers who
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