One aspect of editing volumes such as this one is that it inevitably involves the accumulation of numerous debts along the way. The most important acknowledgement is to all the authors of the papers that make up this volume, for keeping to their deadlines and making this book possible, and for writing their chapters in keeping with the objectives of the volume as a whole. We hope that, now that they see the final product as a whole, they share our belief that the effort involved in putting this volume together has been worthwhile. We are also grateful to Mari Shullaw and James McNally, who initially took on this project at Routledge and helped to get it going. In the end it has come to fruition under the guidance of our new editors Gerhard Boomgaarden and Lizzie Catford, and we are equally grateful to them for still believing in the project. Along the way we have also benefited from the advice and suggestions of a number of colleagues: Claire Alexander, Gargi Bhattacharyya, Clive Harris, Michael Keith, Karim Murji, Liza Schuster and Howard Winant. Jointly editing the journal Ethnic and Racial Studies brings us into contact with a wide range of scholars working in this field, and we are indebted to them in many different ways. It is for our readers of course to judge how successful we have been in meeting our main objectives and in stimulating more reflection and debate about the methodological aspects of researching race and racism. We do hope, however, that in this period of innovation and change in research agendas in this field, that the publication of Researching Race and Racism will encourage more self-reflection and debate.
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