Much of this book was written in the fall of 1993 when I was on sabbatical at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF) in Tijuana, Mexico. I wish to thank Jorge Bustamante, president of that institution, for providing me with an office there. An important part of Chapter 4 could not have been written without access to the library at COLEF. Moreover, contact with the faculty and the ongoing research at that institution considerably broadened my intellectual horizon.
I am also indebted to Amentha Dymally, administrative assistant of the Population Research Laboratory at the University of Southern California, for her many actions that facilitated the writing of this book. Thanks are also due to Professor Maurice D. Van Arsdol, Jr., who was director of the Population Research Laboratory during most of the time in which this book was being prepared.
At Westview Press, I wish to thank senior editor Mr. Dean Birkenkamp, assistant editor Jill Rothenberg, editorial assistant Annemarie Preonas, associate project editor Laurie Milford, and my copy editor, Alice Colwell. All of these persons helped immeasurably to improve this book.
I wish to express my appreciation to Professor Charles Tilly of the New School for Social Research, who, as editor of the Foundations of Social Inquiry Series of Westview Press, made cogent comments on the entire manuscript. Thanks are also due to two anonymous reviewers who also helped me improve the manuscript.
I also wish to thank Professor Steven J. Gold, of the Department of Sociology, Michigan State University, for allowing me to use his very fine photographs for this work.
Finally, I wish to thank my wife, Kaye, for her willingness to endure my often unpleasant moods for the entire period in which the writing of this book took place.
David M. Heer