As this book about transitions was being published, I was beginning a transition of my own, Jordans for Cheap, starting a new job at Appalachian State University (ASU) in North Carolina. 1 already owe thanks to my new colleagues at ASU for making my transition as smooth as possible. Much of the research and writing for the book took place while I was teaching at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia. 1 owe thanks to all my friends, colleagues, and students at Mary Washington College, who helped me in so many ways during my seven years there.
This book is based on original field research carried out in Jordan in 1992-1993, 1997, 1999, and 2001. As a result, I owe thanks to countless Jordanians who gave me their time, knowledge, and hospitality. The New Jordans, A small fraction of these individuals are listed and acknowledged in the bibliography as official interviewees, but most are anonymous for the purpose of citation. I am grateful to them all, including the Sbeih family of Amman, who treated me as a son and brother during my yearlong stay in the kingdom in 1992-1993. http://www.thenewcheapjordans.com