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This book would not have been possible without kind support from my home institution, Kozminski University, Poland and the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship (sylff) that I received while being a doctoral student at the Institute of Sociology, Jagiellonian Unviersity, Poland.

I am grateful for comments, ideas and feedback I received, especially my doctoral supervisor Jacek Nowak and committee members Andrzej Bukowski and Waldemar Kuligowski. I also thank all of the colleagues for the tremendous support received during my work and research at the University of Surrey, University of Oxford, Columbia University, NY and University of California, San Diego.As this book is a final step in my completing my research of offshored work, I am grateful to everyone who supported my work, especially the following earlier publications: a book in Polish (Etnografia Globalnego Kapitalizmu), and articles in Critical Sociology (‘Global Production in a Romanian Village: Middle-Income Economy, Industrial Dislocation and the Reserve Army of Labor’) and in the Journal of Organizational Ethnography (‘Labour Arbitrage: the Lifecycle of a Global Production Node’).

My warmest thanks to my respondents, who tolerated my presence among them, answered my questions and posed new questions and leads.

Most importantly, I would like to thank my wife, Emma Greeson for the never-ending amount of love and support.