Many thanks to Mike Maguire for inviting me to write this book, and for his helpful comments during its production. Thanks also to the editorial staff at the Open University Press for their support throughout the last year. A huge debt is owed to the members of the Applied Social Sciences discipline group at the Open University. Working at the Open University really is a collective enterprise and I couldn't ask for a more supportive group with which to be involved. Your imprint's here although you'll spot my idiosyncrasies for which I take full responsibility!
Most particularly, I am indebted to several friends and colleagues for their many helpful and critical comments on all or parts of the manuscript. Many thanks go to John Clarke, Adrian Little, Eugene McLaughlin, Rob Mears, John Muncie and Kevin Stenson.
Thanks to Sylv and Derek for encouraging me way back in Liverpool. And cheers Lizzie for sharing this project and lots more.