Acknowledgements

At the outset, I wish to express my thanks to many friends and colleagues. First of all, the social psychologist James Good, the late and inimitable Irving Velody and others who were much-valued friends and coconspirators in the Group later the Centre for the History of the Human Sciences, which provided a forum for critical interdisciplinary discussion in the University of Durham in the 1980s. I am indebted to the sociologist James Beckford, who was my intellectual mentor in Durham as I worked...