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Thanks to a generous project grant from The Norwegian Research Council and additional funding from Norwegian University of Science and Technology (ntnu), we have been able to establish a group of sociologists working with theory and theory development. This has over the years enabled us to meet, to have seminars, to offer joint PhD courses, and to develop a more explorative and creative approach to theory in interaction with our master and PhD-students. This is the final volume in a trilogy on theory exploration in research practice published by Brill based on our joint theory and methodology project.

On behalf of all the contributors to this volume we would like to acknowledge our gratitude to professor David Fasenfest as an inspiring editor of the series in which this work is published. In addition to David, we would also like to thank professor Sabrina Ramet at ntnu and Amy_46 at Wiley Editing Services for superb copy editing, and to Markus Lynum for excellent editorial assistance. It has also been a real pleasure to work with Irene Jager and the production staff at Brill. We dedicate this volume to professors Ragnvald Kalleberg (1943–2016) and Erik Olin Wright (1947–2019) – friends and collegues who have contributed in writing, discussions and inspired many of us in this collective enterprise.

Trondheim, July 2020

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