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Our life is a struggle : Respectable Gender Norms and Black Resistance to Policing. / Elliott-Cooper, Adam .

In: Antipode: a radical journal of geography, Vol. 51, No. 2, 03.2019, p. 539-557.

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Elliott-Cooper, A 2019, 'Our life is a struggle: Respectable Gender Norms and Black Resistance to Policing', Antipode: a radical journal of geography, vol. 51, no. 2, pp. 539-557. https://doi.org/10.1111/anti.12497

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Elliott-Cooper, A. (2019). Our life is a struggle: Respectable Gender Norms and Black Resistance to Policing. Antipode: a radical journal of geography, 51(2), 539-557. https://doi.org/10.1111/anti.12497

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Elliott-Cooper A. Our life is a struggle: Respectable Gender Norms and Black Resistance to Policing. Antipode: a radical journal of geography. 2019 Mar;51(2):539-557. https://doi.org/10.1111/anti.12497

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Elliott-Cooper, Adam . / Our life is a struggle : Respectable Gender Norms and Black Resistance to Policing. In: Antipode: a radical journal of geography. 2019 ; Vol. 51, No. 2. pp. 539-557.

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