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I am much obliged to my interviewees who found the time and were willing to share their stories with me. I would be remiss not to acknowledge thegenerosity of Hans-Peter Muller at the Humboldt University whose mentoring greatly enhanced the efficacy of my research stays in Berlin. While librarians at various collections expertly guided me through the maze of materials, the photo archivists Zsuzsanna Racz at the Kiscelli Muzeum, Bela Szalados at the Magyar Neprajzi Muzeum, and Zoltan Szant6 at MTI were especially kind in providing access to the treasure troves they guard.
My special thanks go to the young Dutch artist, Tomas Schats, who generously let me use one his excellent prints. I also owe sincere thanks to Judit Bodnar, J6zsef Bbrbcz, Janos Kornai, Kim Scheppele, and Anna Wessely for introducing me to sociology and academia, for encouraging me to embark on this project, and for supporting me in various ways ever since. I am particularly grateful to Kim Scheppele, who, with her infectious enthusiasm, restored my faith in this book when it seriously began to flag.
The civility, unaffected friendliness, and critical insights of Karene Grad, Anna Guillemin, Jeremy Mumford and Katja Zelljadt made a critical phase of the writing process a more rewarding and much less painful experience than it would have been otherwise. When I decided to pursue a PhD in sociology, my parents probably began to question their liberal parenting style. But their support and encouragement remained unconditional throughout while their expectations never diminished. They taught me the value of hard work and the importance of always completing what you started.
My brother not only fought vehemently to recover my work tools (aka laptop) that fell prey to the confiscatory impulse of Hungarian authorities, but provided vital and superb research assistance for
the book on several occasions. I feel terribly guilty at times of exploiting his cheap East European labor and kin solidarity. The most ineffable debt of gratitude lowe to my long-time companion, Tibor Beke, who has probably learnt more about architecture and sociology than he ever wanted to know while I have remained blissfully ignorant about topoi, sheaves, and zetafunctions. It is impossible to imagine that I could have reached this stage without his help.