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Ambiguous Intimacy as Queer Potential : Touch, Desire and Adolescence in She Monkeys. / Bradbury-Rance, Clara.

In: Feminist Theory, Vol. 20, No. 3, 01.08.2019, p. 231-246.

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Bradbury-Rance, C 2019, 'Ambiguous Intimacy as Queer Potential: Touch, Desire and Adolescence in She Monkeys', Feminist Theory, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 231-246. https://doi.org/10.1177/1464700119833043

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Bradbury-Rance, C. (2019). Ambiguous Intimacy as Queer Potential: Touch, Desire and Adolescence in She Monkeys. Feminist Theory, 20(3), 231-246. https://doi.org/10.1177/1464700119833043

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Bradbury-Rance C. Ambiguous Intimacy as Queer Potential: Touch, Desire and Adolescence in She Monkeys. Feminist Theory. 2019 Aug 1;20(3):231-246. https://doi.org/10.1177/1464700119833043

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Bradbury-Rance, Clara. / Ambiguous Intimacy as Queer Potential : Touch, Desire and Adolescence in She Monkeys. In: Feminist Theory. 2019 ; Vol. 20, No. 3. pp. 231-246.

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