Between the first and second editions, Florence Brown Lyons died. The dedication of the first edition gave her much pleasure. The dedication of the second edition to her memory gives me pleasure of another kind, though one tinged with feeling for the loss of her.
Elaine Markson, my agent, is beloved among those she represents because she represents us with such loving force. Thank you, Elaine--for this and so much else.
I wish also to acknowledge the student and faculty colleagues who have written to me about this book. Many wrote of the ways this book, or some parts of it, touched them personally as well as intellectually. I take very little credit for this, since what touched them were the good words of the complex traditions of social theory. I, in turn, am pleased that Social Theory has provoked so much long overdue discussion in classrooms and wherever else readers talk about their worlds.
January 30, 1998