This volume emerged out of the proceedings of a workshop supported by the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Oñati, Spain in the summer of 2000. We are tremendously grateful to the numerous friends and colleagues who so powerfully contributed to the cultivation and shaping of this text during the intervening years. We would first like to offer our thanks to Malen Gordoa and Pierre Guibentif for graciously tending the workshop, and to Will Rountree for taking on special duties at the conference (including the overseeing of late-night impromptu hors d'oeuvres and assistance with the comings and goings of participants). Throughout the course of this project, Sea-Ling Cheng, Janet Jakobsen, Jason James, Mindie Lazarus-Black, Corinne Louw, Katalin Makkai, Greg Matoesian, Kelly Moore, Mark Padilla, Lucinda Ramberg, Gayatri Reddy, Beth Richie, Miryam Sas, Penelope Saunders, Steven Seidman, Robert Smith, Wendy Ward, and Paige West offered multiple forms of intellectual and emotional support, while Blaise Carter-Garber, Clare Corcoran, Lorena Diaz de Leon, Nirali Shah, Janna Thomure, Hsiu-Ann Tom, and Eddy U provided invaluable editing, research, and bibliographic assistance. We are especially thankful to Logan MacLeod, whose acuity and stamina helped to bring this book to completion, and at Routledge, to Myra Marx Feree, whose sponsorship and feedback were crucial in helping us to transform an unruly manuscript into a polished text. Elizabeth would like to offer special, heartfelt thanks to Kerwin Kaye, who contributed so much to this project at every stage-from intellectual input to pep talks to help with crude mechanics. Laurie appreciates the support from David Perry and the Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago. We are grateful to all of you for helping us to realize some of the forms of collaboration and community that were the inspiration for this book.
Elizabeth Bernstein and Laurie Schaffner
New York and Chicago,