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This book began its life an embarrassingly long time ago as a doctoral dissertation.
When a project takes so long to mature, one incurs numerous debts in the process.
I was very lucky to have a generous, intellectually rigorous, and exceptionally
committed group of faculty members at Princeton University to teach me the
tricks of the trade.
I thank my formal committee members and a handful of
informal but regular interlocutors for their advice, support, and patience Michele
Lamont, Frank Dobbin, Marion Fourcade, Anson Rabinbach, and Viviana Zelizer
have followed this project from the very start and are chiefly responsible for
making it better. I am also grateful to Bob Wuthnow and Paul DiMaggio for their
comments on the final product and the first invaluable tips on how an unwieldy
dissertation could be transformed into a readable book.
Revising the dissertation into a book turned out to be an extended journey
ripe with interesting detours, giving me an opportunity to branch out into
several scholarly subfields to explore and develop the interdisciplinary edge of
the project During my search for the right intellectual frame I have received
priceless advice from a small army of sociologists, historians, and architectural
historians including Julia Adams, Michel Anteby, Marta Branczik, Diane Davis,
Manali Desai, Eiko Ikegami, Rachel Sherman, Libby Schweber, Endre Prakfalvi,
Pal Rit06k, Leslie Sklair, George Steinmentz, Iddo Tavory, Maiken Umbach, and
I am especially indebted to Leslie Sklair for suggesting the
Architext series at Routledge as a potential outlet for the book and to Anthony
King and Tom Markus for endorsing, and polishing, the project The anonymous
reviewers helped me to refine and clarify the book’s central argument, and the
responsive and friendly editorial staff at Routledge put the manuscript through a
seamless production process. Parts of Chapters 3, 4, and 5 were incorporated
into journal articles that have previously appeared in the American Sociological
Review, the Journal of Design History, and the International Journal of Urban and
Research for the book benefited from the support of a wide array of institutions and grants the Graduate School of Princeton University, the Fellowship of Woodrow Wilson Scholars, the Center for Regional Studies at Princeton University, the German Academic Exchange (DAAD), the Departmentof Sociology and the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University, and a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant The NSF grant enabled me to hire a transcriber, and I thank Andras Szigeti for his expert transcription of my messy German
While revising the manuscript, a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship and an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship, though primarily offering support for new endeavors, allowed me to spend time in Europe and chisel away at the book. My home institution, The New School, has provided
the perfect intellectual setting for this unorthodox sociological project and my colleagues have helped to retain my interest in it, which turned out to be no small feat as time progressed.