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Femininity, sexuality and identity in law.

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Femininity, sexuality and identity in law. / Beresford, Sarah.

Women, Power and Resistance. ed. / Tess Cosslett; Alison Easton; Penny Summerfield. Buckingham : Open University Press, 1996. p. 187-196.

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Harvard

Beresford, S 1996, Femininity, sexuality and identity in law. in T Cosslett, A Easton & P Summerfield (eds), Women, Power and Resistance. Open University Press, Buckingham, pp. 187-196.

APA

Beresford, S. (1996). Femininity, sexuality and identity in law. In T. Cosslett, A. Easton, & P. Summerfield (Eds.), Women, Power and Resistance (pp. 187-196). Open University Press.

Vancouver

Beresford S. Femininity, sexuality and identity in law. In Cosslett T, Easton A, Summerfield P, editors, Women, Power and Resistance. Buckingham: Open University Press. 1996. p. 187-196

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Beresford, Sarah. / Femininity, sexuality and identity in law. Women, Power and Resistance. editor / Tess Cosslett ; Alison Easton ; Penny Summerfield. Buckingham : Open University Press, 1996. pp. 187-196

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