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Debt-Bonded Brick Kiln Workers and Their Intent to Return: Towards a Labour Geography of Smallholder Farming Persistence in Cambodia

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Debt-Bonded Brick Kiln Workers and Their Intent to Return : Towards a Labour Geography of Smallholder Farming Persistence in Cambodia. / Natarajan, Nithya; Parsons, Laurie; Brickell, Katherine.

In: Antipode, Vol. 51, No. 5, 01.11.2019, p. 1581-1599.

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Natarajan, N, Parsons, L & Brickell, K 2019, 'Debt-Bonded Brick Kiln Workers and Their Intent to Return: Towards a Labour Geography of Smallholder Farming Persistence in Cambodia', Antipode, vol. 51, no. 5, pp. 1581-1599. https://doi.org/10.1111/anti.12564

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Natarajan, N., Parsons, L., & Brickell, K. (2019). Debt-Bonded Brick Kiln Workers and Their Intent to Return: Towards a Labour Geography of Smallholder Farming Persistence in Cambodia. Antipode, 51(5), 1581-1599. https://doi.org/10.1111/anti.12564

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Natarajan N, Parsons L, Brickell K. Debt-Bonded Brick Kiln Workers and Their Intent to Return: Towards a Labour Geography of Smallholder Farming Persistence in Cambodia. Antipode. 2019 Nov 1;51(5):1581-1599. https://doi.org/10.1111/anti.12564

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Natarajan, Nithya ; Parsons, Laurie ; Brickell, Katherine. / Debt-Bonded Brick Kiln Workers and Their Intent to Return : Towards a Labour Geography of Smallholder Farming Persistence in Cambodia. In: Antipode. 2019 ; Vol. 51, No. 5. pp. 1581-1599.

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