Over the course of my fieldwork and the writing of this book, many people have been generous with their help. First and foremost, I am grateful for the life of Pierre Bourdieu, who, long before he died, helped and encouraged me in this project, and spent many hours with me making sure that I understood his sociology. His work has changed the entire field of social theory in Europe and the United States. What many readers perhaps do not realize is that he was a kind, mentoring person with regard to his younger students and colleagues. His heart was full.
I am particularly indebted to my friends, compadres, and informants from Colonia Hermosa who continued over the years to give of their time, information, and ideas so that I might complete my project. I also want to thank those anthropologists who worked with me in Oaxaca many years ago, and those who welcomed me back to Oaxaca in the late 1990s: Michael Higgins, the late Cecil Welte, Arthur Murphy, and Martha Rees.
I would especially like to thank Deborah Heath, Lane Hirabayashi, Jacey Laborte, Larry Lipin, Rick Jobs, Jules Boykoff, Sarah Phillips, Theresa May (editor), and Susanna R. Hill (editorial fellow) for their encouragement and suggestions. Above all, I am very grateful to Chris Wilkes, who read many drafts of this book. He has been most generous with his time, his support, and his editing acumen.
Finally, I would like to acknowledge and thank Pacific University and the National Science Foundation for supporting my fieldwork during the 1990s.