The editors first want to pay tribute to all of the contributors to this book. The volume has been a long time in the making and we deeply appreciate the authors' patience, graciousness, and tenacity in staying with the project and seeing it through to the end. Thank you.
We would also like to thank Bronwyn Williams, whose help in copyediting a very rough manuscript was invaluable, and Christine Ransom, who took all of the various pieces and put them together on disk, beautifully. In addition, our thanks to Steve Rothanburg in Academic Computing and the staff of the New England College Library for their assistance in the final stages of production of the manuscript.
Several organizations have, in various ways, supported this project over the years as well. Among the most important of these are the International Council for Adult Education in Toronto; the Center for Community Education and Action in Northampton, Massachusetts; and New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire. The idea for the book was elaborated at a meeting on participatory research over a decade ago at the Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, Tennessee; Highlander has, for all of us, been an important touchstone and inspiration.
We dedicate this book to the practitioners of participatory research in communities and workplaces, in popular organizations, and in universities and colleges throughout North America. Let us move forward together-- acknowledging our diversity and deepening our solidarity.