Giorgio Agamben and the new biopolitical nomos. / Minca, Claudio.

In: Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography, Vol. 88, No. 4, 12.2006, p. 387-403.

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In: Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography, Vol. 88, No. 4, 12.2006, p. 387-403.

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Minca, C 2006, 'Giorgio Agamben and the new biopolitical nomos', Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography, vol. 88, no. 4, pp. 387-403. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.0435-3684.2006.00229.x

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Minca, C. (2006). Giorgio Agamben and the new biopolitical nomos. Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography, 88(4), 387-403. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.0435-3684.2006.00229.x

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Minca C. Giorgio Agamben and the new biopolitical nomos. Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography. 2006 Dec;88(4):387-403. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.0435-3684.2006.00229.x

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Minca, Claudio. / Giorgio Agamben and the new biopolitical nomos. In: Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography. 2006 ; Vol. 88, No. 4. pp. 387-403.

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