International Perspectives on Culture, Identity, and Belonging
A book with fourteen chapters written by sixteen people is unquestion‑ ably a collaborative project. Our first round of appreciation, therefore, goes to the contributors to this volume who have been most enthusiastic and patient during the over two years that have passed since they were first invited to participate. We’re very pleased with the originality and overall quality of each chapter. All authors also participated in the peer review process for which they deserve thanks. Since only three of the contributors live in the same city, and this doesn’t even include the two editors, the book’s coordination across geographic distances and time zones was a bit of a challenge at times, yet we managed with the help of modern technologies and everyone’s goodwill. Next in line, we thank Skyler Lauderdale, sociology Ph.D. student extraordinaire at the University of South Florida, for his skilled assistance with the initial round of copy‑editing and formatting chapters during the fall semester of 2012. We also extend gratitude to our friend and colleague Melinda Milligan, Sonoma State University, who assisted with the book in its early stages. Hubert Knoblauch, Technical University Ber‑ lin, and Bernt Schnettler, Bayreuth University, deserve a firm handshake because they encouraged the idea of editing a book and offered practical experiences along the way. The friendliness and professionalism of our publishers in Germany, Benjamin Kloss and Richard Breitenbach, were a great source of relief. Furthermore, we would like to thank our friends and faculty colleagues at the University of...
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