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The ‘System’ of Automobility. / Urry, John.

In: Theory, Culture and Society, Vol. 21, No. 4-5, 2004, p. 25-39.

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Urry, J 2004, 'The ‘System’ of Automobility.', Theory, Culture and Society, vol. 21, no. 4-5, pp. 25-39. https://doi.org/10.1177/0263276404046059

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Urry, J. (2004). The ‘System’ of Automobility. Theory, Culture and Society, 21(4-5), 25-39. https://doi.org/10.1177/0263276404046059

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Urry, John. / The ‘System’ of Automobility. In: Theory, Culture and Society. 2004 ; Vol. 21, No. 4-5. pp. 25-39.

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