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Shaming encounters: reflections on contemporary understandings of social inequality and health

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Shaming encounters : reflections on contemporary understandings of social inequality and health. / Peacock, Marian; Bissell, Paul; Owen, Jenny.

In: Sociology, Vol. 48, No. 2, 04.2014, p. 387-402.

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Peacock, Marian ; Bissell, Paul ; Owen, Jenny. / Shaming encounters : reflections on contemporary understandings of social inequality and health. In: Sociology. 2014 ; Vol. 48, No. 2. pp. 387-402.

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