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'Post-Third-World City' or Neoliberal 'City of Exception'? Rio de Janeiro in the Olympic Era

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'Post-Third-World City' or Neoliberal 'City of Exception'? Rio de Janeiro in the Olympic Era. / Aaron Richmond, Matthew; Garmany, Jeff.

In: International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 30.07.2016.

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Aaron Richmond, M & Garmany, J 2016, ''Post-Third-World City' or Neoliberal 'City of Exception'? Rio de Janeiro in the Olympic Era', International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-2427.12338

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Aaron Richmond, M., & Garmany, J. (2016). 'Post-Third-World City' or Neoliberal 'City of Exception'? Rio de Janeiro in the Olympic Era. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-2427.12338

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Aaron Richmond M, Garmany J. 'Post-Third-World City' or Neoliberal 'City of Exception'? Rio de Janeiro in the Olympic Era. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 2016 Jul 30. https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-2427.12338

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Aaron Richmond, Matthew ; Garmany, Jeff. / 'Post-Third-World City' or Neoliberal 'City of Exception'? Rio de Janeiro in the Olympic Era. In: International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 2016.

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