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From preparedness to risk: from the singular risk of nuclear war to the plurality of all hazards

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From preparedness to risk : from the singular risk of nuclear war to the plurality of all hazards. / Deville, Joe; Guggenheim, Michael.

In: British Journal of Sociology, Vol. 69, No. 3, 09.2018, p. 799-824.

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Deville, Joe ; Guggenheim, Michael. / From preparedness to risk : from the singular risk of nuclear war to the plurality of all hazards. In: British Journal of Sociology. 2018 ; Vol. 69, No. 3. pp. 799-824.

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