Fear of the formal. / du Gay, Paul; Lopdrup-Hjorth, Thomas.

In: European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, Vol. 3, No. 1, 21.04.2016, p. 6-40.

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Fear of the formal. / du Gay, Paul; Lopdrup-Hjorth, Thomas.

In: European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, Vol. 3, No. 1, 21.04.2016, p. 6-40.

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du Gay, P & Lopdrup-Hjorth, T 2016, 'Fear of the formal', European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 6-40. https://doi.org/10.1080/23254823.2016.1160658

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du Gay, P., & Lopdrup-Hjorth, T. (2016). Fear of the formal. European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, 3(1), 6-40. https://doi.org/10.1080/23254823.2016.1160658

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du Gay P, Lopdrup-Hjorth T. Fear of the formal. European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology. 2016 Apr 21;3(1):6-40. https://doi.org/10.1080/23254823.2016.1160658

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du Gay, Paul ; Lopdrup-Hjorth, Thomas. / Fear of the formal. In: European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology. 2016 ; Vol. 3, No. 1. pp. 6-40.

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