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New Urban Utopias of Postcolonial India: Entrepreneurial urbanization in Dholera smart city, Gujarat. / Datta, Ayona.

In: Dialogues in Human Geography, Vol. 5, No. 1, 15.03.2015, p. 3-22.

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Datta, A 2015, 'New Urban Utopias of Postcolonial India: Entrepreneurial urbanization in Dholera smart city, Gujarat', Dialogues in Human Geography, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 3-22. https://doi.org/10.1177/2043820614565748

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Datta, A. (2015). New Urban Utopias of Postcolonial India: Entrepreneurial urbanization in Dholera smart city, Gujarat. Dialogues in Human Geography, 5(1), 3-22. https://doi.org/10.1177/2043820614565748

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Datta A. New Urban Utopias of Postcolonial India: Entrepreneurial urbanization in Dholera smart city, Gujarat. Dialogues in Human Geography. 2015 Mar 15;5(1):3-22. https://doi.org/10.1177/2043820614565748

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Datta, Ayona. / New Urban Utopias of Postcolonial India: Entrepreneurial urbanization in Dholera smart city, Gujarat. In: Dialogues in Human Geography. 2015 ; Vol. 5, No. 1. pp. 3-22.

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