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Responding to the Troubled Families Programme: framing the injuries of inequality

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Responding to the Troubled Families Programme : framing the injuries of inequality. / Sayer, Richard Andrew.

In: Social Policy and Society, Vol. 16, No. 1, 01.01.2017, p. 155-164.

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Sayer, Richard Andrew. / Responding to the Troubled Families Programme : framing the injuries of inequality. In: Social Policy and Society. 2017 ; Vol. 16, No. 1. pp. 155-164.

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