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“If he dies, I’ll kill you”: violence, paramedics and impression-management

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“If he dies, I’ll kill you” : violence, paramedics and impression-management. / Muller, Thaddeus; van der Giessen, Mark.

Contributions from European Symbolic Interactionists: Conflict and Cooperation. ed. / Thaddeus Muller. Bingley : Emerald, 2015. p. 177-193 (Studies in Symbolic Interaction; Vol. 45).

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Muller, T & van der Giessen, M 2015, “If he dies, I’ll kill you”: violence, paramedics and impression-management. in T Muller (ed.), Contributions from European Symbolic Interactionists: Conflict and Cooperation. Studies in Symbolic Interaction, vol. 45, Emerald, Bingley, pp. 177-193. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0163-239620150000045009

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Muller, T., & van der Giessen, M. (2015). “If he dies, I’ll kill you”: violence, paramedics and impression-management. In T. Muller (Ed.), Contributions from European Symbolic Interactionists: Conflict and Cooperation (pp. 177-193). (Studies in Symbolic Interaction; Vol. 45). Bingley: Emerald. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0163-239620150000045009

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Muller T, van der Giessen M. “If he dies, I’ll kill you”: violence, paramedics and impression-management. In Muller T, editor, Contributions from European Symbolic Interactionists: Conflict and Cooperation. Bingley: Emerald. 2015. p. 177-193. (Studies in Symbolic Interaction). https://doi.org/10.1108/S0163-239620150000045009

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Muller, Thaddeus ; van der Giessen, Mark. / “If he dies, I’ll kill you” : violence, paramedics and impression-management. Contributions from European Symbolic Interactionists: Conflict and Cooperation. editor / Thaddeus Muller. Bingley : Emerald, 2015. pp. 177-193 (Studies in Symbolic Interaction).

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