Changing Minds : Pragmatism and Feminism. / Gascoigne, Neil.

In: Political Studies Review, Vol. 14, No. 1, 01.02.2016, p. 50-62.

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Changing Minds : Pragmatism and Feminism. / Gascoigne, Neil.

In: Political Studies Review, Vol. 14, No. 1, 01.02.2016, p. 50-62.

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Gascoigne, N 2016, 'Changing Minds: Pragmatism and Feminism', Political Studies Review, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 50-62. https://doi.org/10.1177/1478929915607888

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