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Dreaming in the shadow of history: Micro-mobilities and belonging in Lucknow. / Susewind, Raphael.

In: Contemporary South Asia, Vol. 29, No. 4, 2021, p. 500-513.

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Susewind, R 2021, 'Dreaming in the shadow of history: Micro-mobilities and belonging in Lucknow', Contemporary South Asia, vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 500-513. https://doi.org/10.1080/09584935.2021.1995329

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Susewind, R. (2021). Dreaming in the shadow of history: Micro-mobilities and belonging in Lucknow. Contemporary South Asia, 29(4), 500-513. https://doi.org/10.1080/09584935.2021.1995329

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Susewind R. Dreaming in the shadow of history: Micro-mobilities and belonging in Lucknow. Contemporary South Asia. 2021;29(4):500-513. https://doi.org/10.1080/09584935.2021.1995329

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Susewind, Raphael. / Dreaming in the shadow of history: Micro-mobilities and belonging in Lucknow. In: Contemporary South Asia. 2021 ; Vol. 29, No. 4. pp. 500-513.

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