Boxed up? Lunchboxes and expansive mothering outside the home. / Harman, Vicki; Cappellini, Benedetta.

In: Families, Relationships and Societies, Vol. 7, No. 3, 01.11.2018, p. 467-481.

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Boxed up? Lunchboxes and expansive mothering outside the home. / Harman, Vicki; Cappellini, Benedetta.

In: Families, Relationships and Societies, Vol. 7, No. 3, 01.11.2018, p. 467-481.

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Harman, Vicki ; Cappellini, Benedetta. / Boxed up? Lunchboxes and expansive mothering outside the home. In: Families, Relationships and Societies. 2018 ; Vol. 7, No. 3. pp. 467-481.

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