Joris Dormans (2004)
Looking back on the completion of this thesis I owe deep gratitude to the many people who have supported my throughout the process of its writing. I would especially like to thank Marije van Dodeweerd who did not only read, correct and comment on all of the first drafts but who also supported me intellectually and morally the whole time. David Kertai also laboured through a previous draft and his keen insights and comments led to countless improvements of the final text. Next, special mention should go to Professor Leo Hoek who acted as my tutor during the last years of my studies. Without his intellectual critique and insights this thesis would never have reached the level it has now. Furthermore I like to thank Professor Ann Rigney who also provided me with lots of useful comments throughout the initial writing process of this thesis and Professor Dick Schram who took over from Ann Rigney at a later stage and who was a great help with judging the results of the research. The last person directly involved in the writing of this thesis was Connie Veugen who read the last version and corrected my English in many places. I would like to thank her especially for the fact she did this on a real short notice and still did a thorough job.
Thanks should also go to Professor Ed Tan who on many moments supported me with his trust in my intellectual capabilities and has given me many opportunities to develop and act on my scientific ambitions. Last but not least, my thanks go out to the entire staff of Cultural Studies: Word and Image of the Free University of Amsterdam. Not only did all of them stimulate me in the wide variety of courses I followed the last six years; some of them have also unwittingly supported me by expressing a genuine interest in my progress and chosen field of research.
As I have written a few papers on this or related subjects during the course of my studies, I feel that this thesis is in many ways a reflection of what I have achieved over the last few years. I hope that you, my reader, enjoy reading this thesis as much as I have enjoyed putting it together.