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A proper place to live: health inequalities, agency and the normative dimensions of space.

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A proper place to live: health inequalities, agency and the normative dimensions of space. / Popay, Jennie M.; Thomas, Carol; Williams, Gareth; Bennett, Sharon; Gatrell, Anthony C.; Bostock, Lisa.

In: Social Science and Medicine, Vol. 57, No. 1, 01.07.2003, p. 55-69.

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Popay, Jennie M. ; Thomas, Carol ; Williams, Gareth ; Bennett, Sharon ; Gatrell, Anthony C. ; Bostock, Lisa. / A proper place to live: health inequalities, agency and the normative dimensions of space. In: Social Science and Medicine. 2003 ; Vol. 57, No. 1. pp. 55-69.

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