We would like to thank Henry Giroux for his encouragement and support in the course of this project. “Papa John” Comaroff and “Grandma Jean” Comaroff deserve thanks, as well, for their supportive discussions while we were thinking through this project. And we here extend special thanks to Doug Ficek, our very gifted graduate research assistant at the Institute for the Study of Race and Social Thought, who carefully read through the manuscript and offered valuable suggestions for its improvement. Joyce Ann Joyce and Walter Gholson also deserve thanks for their availability during times of need as well as those of joy. Thanks as well to Susan Herbst, whose creativity and generosity continue to be inspiring. And as always, our love to our children, Mathieu, Jennifer, Sula, and Elijah; may wisdom always accompany you on life’s way.