Warm thanks go to the satirical Billionaires for so generously accommodating an anthropological researcher in their midst. I have had hundreds of conversations with friends and colleagues about this project, and their insights have shaped this manuscript in more ways than I can enumerate. A few among many who deserve special thanks are Laura Ahearn, Ulla Berg, Catherine Besteman, Andrew Boyd, Matt Buckley, Arpita Chakrabarti, Chuck Collins, Jane Collins, Micaela di Leonardo, Kathryn Dudley, Marc Edelman, Matt Feifarek, Eric Gable, Ajay Gandhi, Lesley Gill, Daniel Goldstein, David Graeber, Carol Greenhouse, Mary Hawkesworth, David McDermott Hughes, Omotayo Jolaosho, William Kelly, Frederick Klaits, Bruce Knauft, Catherine Lutz, Fran MasciaLees, Leita Luchetti, Melanie Hughes McDermott, Noelle Molé, David Nugent, Marian Sackrowitz, Louisa Schein, James C. Scott, Parker Shipton, Kurt Spellmeyer, Natalie Tevethia, Jeremy Varon, Debra Vidali, Art Walters, David Watts, Wendy Weisman, Brett Williams, Eric Worby, Diana Wylie, members of my spring 2005 political anthropology seminar at Rutgers University, participants in a 2004 miniconference and 2005 workshop on constructions of political space and political agency at Princeton University, and participants in colloquium presentations of this work at American University, Brown University, City University of New York Graduate Center, Columbia University, Emory University, Rutgers University, and Yale University. Particular thanks for insightful suggestions go to the anonymous readers of the prospectus and book manuscript, and to Michelle Lipinski, Joa Suorez, and Kate Wahl at Stanford University Press.
I thank those who provided permission to draw on material I first published in “Satire and Dissent in the Age of Billionaires,” Social Research: An International Quarterly 79(1):145–68 (www.socres.org); and in “Neoliberalism, Satirical Protest, and the 2004 U.S. Presidential Campaign,” in Ethnographies of Neoliberalism, edited by Carol J. Greenhouse, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010.