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Possessive Attachments: Identity Beliefs, Equality Law and the Politics of State Play

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Possessive Attachments : Identity Beliefs, Equality Law and the Politics of State Play. / Cooper, Davina.

In: Theory, Culture & Society, Vol. 35, No. 2, 03.2018, p. 115-135.

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Cooper, D 2018, 'Possessive Attachments: Identity Beliefs, Equality Law and the Politics of State Play', Theory, Culture & Society, vol. 35, no. 2, pp. 115-135. https://doi.org/10.1177/0263276417745602

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Cooper, D. (2018). Possessive Attachments: Identity Beliefs, Equality Law and the Politics of State Play. Theory, Culture & Society, 35(2), 115-135. https://doi.org/10.1177/0263276417745602

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Cooper D. Possessive Attachments: Identity Beliefs, Equality Law and the Politics of State Play. Theory, Culture & Society. 2018 Mar;35(2):115-135. https://doi.org/10.1177/0263276417745602

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Cooper, Davina. / Possessive Attachments : Identity Beliefs, Equality Law and the Politics of State Play. In: Theory, Culture & Society. 2018 ; Vol. 35, No. 2. pp. 115-135.

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