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In: Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Vol. 21, No. 3, 01.05.2003, p. 341-357.

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Sayer, RA 2003, '(De-)Commodification, consumer culture and moral economy', Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 341-357. https://doi.org/10.1068/d353

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Sayer, R. A. (2003). (De-)Commodification, consumer culture and moral economy. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 21(3), 341-357. https://doi.org/10.1068/d353

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Sayer RA. (De-)Commodification, consumer culture and moral economy. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 2003 May 1;21(3):341-357. https://doi.org/10.1068/d353

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Sayer, R. A. / (De-)Commodification, consumer culture and moral economy. In: Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 2003 ; Vol. 21, No. 3. pp. 341-357.

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