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Acknowledgments C onsidering that my research project and the attempt to write this story unfolded over the better part of fifteen years, many people were directly or indirectly involved in the research and the making of this book, and they deserve my heartfelt gratitude. This book and the work that went into it would not have been possible without the generous support of a number of organizations that allowed me to conduct research, travel, obtain materials, or hire assistants, including, in chronological order, the Fulbright Commission, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, the German Marshall Fund, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, and Project Pericles, as well as internal grants and student support from the New School. At the New School, a most amazing place to work, I owe thanks to all my wonderful students , colleagues, chairs, and mentors who offered encouragement and support or provided invaluable feedback on components and drafts of this book, including Julia Foulkes, Joseph Heathcott, Miodrag Mitrasinovic, Gustav Peebles, Scott Salmon, and Gina Walker. I also drew a lot of support and encouragement from the brave group of faculty and students at Eugene Lang College, the New School for Public Engagement, and Parsons, who constitute the Urban Studies/Urban Design community at the New School and provided me with a most inspiring intellectual, social, and political environment. Thanks also to the administrators at the deans’ and provost’s offices of the New School, who provided me with financial support, a much-needed sabbatical, and the opportunity to hire amazing research and teaching assistants, including Jennie Kaufman, Kelly McMahon, and Caroline Wilson. Jennie, in particular, deserves a lot of credit for helping me complete this book. Without her tremendous editorial skills, attention to detail, and smarts, I would not have been able to move this project from draft to final product so smoothly. The timely completion of the book was also facilitated by the wonderful staff at Temple University Press and, above all, my editor, Mick xii Acknowledgments Gusinde-Duffy, who did a fantastic job of helping me navigate the process and always provided me with excellent advice. I was fortunate to have numerous mentors and advisors who helped me along the way. Instrumental to my progress were my two fabulous dissertation advisors, Susan Halford and Traute Meyer at the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Southampton in England. Their support, guidance , and intellectual stimulation allowed me to situate this project theoretically and empirically and helped me write a persuasive dissertation. Even more, Susan and Traute taught me how to be a good advisor, and I hope I can repay their tremendous effort by doing well by my current students. I would also like to thank former advisors and mentors, including Jennifer Wolch and Michael Dear at USC (both now at UC Berkeley), for their support over the years. I am also grateful for the many ways in which colleagues, friends, and peers have helped me constantly rethink and refine my scholarship or have helped in an editorial capacity, including Melissa Gilbert, Don Mitchell, Laura Pulido, Lois Takahashi , Rob Wilton, Peter Wissocker, and Jim Wright in the United States; Geoff DeVerteuil and Jon May in the United Kingdom; and Volker Busch-Geertsema, Volker Eick, Susanne Gerull, Margit Mayer, and Franz Schaffer in Germany, as well as the countless anonymous reviewers who have commented on various publications that came out of this research, including the three external reviewers of this book. Over the years, I was also lucky to receive tremendous support from staff and administrators at every place I worked—Verna de La Mothe, Yvonne Garrett, Marlene Petlick, Billie Shotlove, Monika Stöcker, and Linda Tribune are among the countless staff members whose diligence, brains, and organizational skills made and continue to make my work and that of my colleagues possible. All aforementioned individuals surely taught me a thing or two about collegiality, reliability, attention to detail, and friendship. A great number of people have contributed to this research directly by lending their time and expertise, thus helping me gather information and refine my research. In Berlin, I owe thanks to Jens Sambale and Dominik Veith, who helped me establish contact with other key informants; to Klaus Breitfeld, Stefan Schneider, and Uta Sternal, who as facility operators granted me access to my study locations and spent countless hours talking with me; and to Helga Burkert, Sigi Deiß, Jürgen Demmer, Ralf Gruber, Michael Haberkorn, Karlheinz Kramer, Anneliese Leps, Sybille Paetow-Spinosa, Matthias Schulz, Uwe Spacek, Ingo...

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