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Abject Labours, Informal Markets : Revisiting the Law's (Re)Production Boundary. / Kotiswaran, Prabha.

In: feminists@law, Vol. 4, No. 1, 30.04.2014, p. 1-19.

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Kotiswaran, P 2014, 'Abject Labours, Informal Markets: Revisiting the Law's (Re)Production Boundary', feminists@law, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 1-19. https://doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2939247, https://doi.org/10.22024/UniKent/03/fal.104

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Kotiswaran, P. (2014). Abject Labours, Informal Markets: Revisiting the Law's (Re)Production Boundary. feminists@law, 4(1), 1-19. https://doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2939247, https://doi.org/10.22024/UniKent/03/fal.104

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Kotiswaran P. Abject Labours, Informal Markets: Revisiting the Law's (Re)Production Boundary. feminists@law. 2014 Apr 30;4(1):1-19. https://doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2939247, https://doi.org/10.22024/UniKent/03/fal.104

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Kotiswaran, Prabha. / Abject Labours, Informal Markets : Revisiting the Law's (Re)Production Boundary. In: feminists@law. 2014 ; Vol. 4, No. 1. pp. 1-19.

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