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xi I gratefully acknowledge the support of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) for the predissertation grant that funded an initial fifteen-month research period from 2001 to 2002, and J. Jeyaranjan of the Institute for Development Alternatives (IDA) in Chennai for serving as my host; the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) for funding my fieldwork from 2003 to 2004; the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for a oneyear postdoc at the London School of Economics (LSE), where I was fortunate to have Chris Fuller as a mentor; the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen, my current institutional home, and Peter van der Veer for providing me with the extra time needed to write this book, amid two new research projects over the last four years; the Centre for Modern Indian Studies at the University of Göttingen, my institutional “home away from home”; and Dr Mohana Dass and the Department of Indian Studies at the University of Malaya, for hosting me during my final round of copy edits. I would like to thank everyone who read or conversed with me about parts of this book, in no particular order: Sanal Mohan, Gajendran Ayyathurai, Uday Chandra, Lisa Bjorkman, Christodas Gandhi, P. Sivakami, Nick Dirks, Val Daniel, Lila Abu-Lughod, Gayatri Spivak, Owen Lynch (R.I.P.), Kaori Hatsumi, Ania Loomba, Suvir Kaul, Tanika Sarkar, Lisa Mitchell, Joel Lee, Johnny Parry, Olivia Harris (R.I.P.), Matthew Engelke, Michael Scott, Radhika Gupta, Devika Bordia, Peter van der Veer, D. Ravikumar, Jin-Heon Jung, Karin Kapadia, Norbert Peabody, Erik Harms, Lionel Caplan, Penny Vera-Sanso, Preetham Chakravarthy, V. “Chaks” Chakravarthy, Kriti Kapila, Sahana Udupa, Jyotirmaya Sharma, Jacob Copeman, Daniela Del Campo, Mechthild Nagel, Andrew Nicholson, Gauri Viswanathan, Cam Grey, Ajay acknowledgments xii • Acknowledgments Gandhi, Kathryn Tidrick, Susan Billington-Harper, Michael Bergunder, David Mosse, Naomi Haynes, an anonymous reviewer at UC Press, Angie Heo, Drs. Peter J. Bräunlein, Michael Dickhardt, and Wolfgang Kempf of the Institut für Ethnologie at the University of Göttingen. Srirupa Roy and Lalit Vachani have given me warm intellectual friendship for the past few years, and the run of their Göttingen residence for my final month of writing. I am grateful to my series editor, Joel Robbins, who believed in this project and waited patiently for several years; Reed Malcolm, my commissioning editor; Stacy Eisenstark, also of UC Press; Elisabeth Magnus, my copy editor, whose painstaking work greatly improved this text; and my dear friend S. Anand of Navayana Press, who read all the chapters with great care. I thank my father, Max Roberts, for also reading the entire manuscript and encouraging me to keep trying to write clearly; my mother, Margaret Lincoln, for believing in me; and my in-laws, Radha and Natarajan Viswanath, for their love and support. Joel Lee and Gajendran Ayyathurai have been my brothers in struggle: Gaje for many years, Joel since recently. My debt to Joel is great. The detailed comments he made on my entire manuscript, which he read at the last minute, were transformative. His unpublished doctoral dissertation, which he made available to me when I was in the final stages of revising my own manuscript, drew my attention to the importance of embodiment and my own bodily presence in Anbu Nagar and suggested arguments that added to and greatly deepened those I present in chapter 4. K. Sagayaraj was my friend and companion during the most difficult and personally challenging periods of my life, and to him this book is dedicated. My greatest debt of all, however, is to Rupa Viswanath. She has read every page of this book multiple times, and the personal sacrifices she has made to support me—as best friend, intellectual partner, and sustainer—are immeasurable. ...


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