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Cognitive polyphasia, cultural legitimacy, and behavior change: the case of the illicit alcohol market in Kenya

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Cognitive polyphasia, cultural legitimacy, and behavior change : the case of the illicit alcohol market in Kenya. / Mwangi, V.N.; Cocker, H.L.; Piacentini, M.G.

Consumer Culture Theory . ed. / Domen Bajde; Dannie Kjeldgaard; Russell W. Belk. Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., 2019. p. 103-117 (Research in Consumer Behavior; Vol. 20).

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Mwangi, VN, Cocker, HL & Piacentini, MG 2019, Cognitive polyphasia, cultural legitimacy, and behavior change: the case of the illicit alcohol market in Kenya. in D Bajde, D Kjeldgaard & RW Belk (eds), Consumer Culture Theory . Research in Consumer Behavior, vol. 20, Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., pp. 103-117. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0885-211120190000020011

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Mwangi, V. N., Cocker, H. L., & Piacentini, M. G. (2019). Cognitive polyphasia, cultural legitimacy, and behavior change: the case of the illicit alcohol market in Kenya. In D. Bajde, D. Kjeldgaard, & R. W. Belk (Eds.), Consumer Culture Theory (pp. 103-117). (Research in Consumer Behavior; Vol. 20). Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0885-211120190000020011

Vancouver

Mwangi VN, Cocker HL, Piacentini MG. Cognitive polyphasia, cultural legitimacy, and behavior change: the case of the illicit alcohol market in Kenya. In Bajde D, Kjeldgaard D, Belk RW, editors, Consumer Culture Theory . Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. 2019. p. 103-117. (Research in Consumer Behavior). https://doi.org/10.1108/S0885-211120190000020011

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Mwangi, V.N. ; Cocker, H.L. ; Piacentini, M.G. / Cognitive polyphasia, cultural legitimacy, and behavior change : the case of the illicit alcohol market in Kenya. Consumer Culture Theory . editor / Domen Bajde ; Dannie Kjeldgaard ; Russell W. Belk. Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., 2019. pp. 103-117 (Research in Consumer Behavior).

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