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Theories of practice and public health: understanding (un)healthy practices

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Theories of practice and public health : understanding (un)healthy practices. / Blue, Stanley; Shove, Elizabeth; Carmona, Chris; Kelly, Michael P.

In: Critical Public Health, Vol. 26, No. 1, 01.01.2015, p. 36-50.

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Blue, Stanley ; Shove, Elizabeth ; Carmona, Chris ; Kelly, Michael P. / Theories of practice and public health : understanding (un)healthy practices. In: Critical Public Health. 2015 ; Vol. 26, No. 1. pp. 36-50.

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