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I would like to thank Michele Farrel, Dorinne Kondo, and Sharon Traweek for their comments on many stages of this paper’s evolution, and Jane Gregory for her help with the archival research on Houston’s early groups. The Rice University Center for Cultural Studies made it possible for me to begin this work and provided me with the audience for its first presentation. The National Endowment for the Humanities made it possible for me to complete not only this paper but also much of the research and writing for the book of which this work is one component. I am very grateful for their support.
A version of this paper was presented at the Center for Twentieth Century Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Spring 1991.