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Installing telecare, installing users: Felicity conditions for the instauration of usership

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Installing telecare, installing users : Felicity conditions for the instauration of usership. / Sánchez-Criado, Tomás; López, Daniel; Roberts, Celia; Domènech, Miquel.

In: Science, Technology, and Human Values, Vol. 39, No. 5, 09.2014, p. 694-719.

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Sánchez-Criado, T, López, D, Roberts, C & Domènech, M 2014, 'Installing telecare, installing users: Felicity conditions for the instauration of usership', Science, Technology, and Human Values, vol. 39, no. 5, pp. 694-719. https://doi.org/10.1177/0162243913517011

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Sánchez-Criado, T., López, D., Roberts, C., & Domènech, M. (2014). Installing telecare, installing users: Felicity conditions for the instauration of usership. Science, Technology, and Human Values, 39(5), 694-719. https://doi.org/10.1177/0162243913517011

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Sánchez-Criado T, López D, Roberts C, Domènech M. Installing telecare, installing users: Felicity conditions for the instauration of usership. Science, Technology, and Human Values. 2014 Sep;39(5):694-719. https://doi.org/10.1177/0162243913517011

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Sánchez-Criado, Tomás ; López, Daniel ; Roberts, Celia ; Domènech, Miquel. / Installing telecare, installing users : Felicity conditions for the instauration of usership. In: Science, Technology, and Human Values. 2014 ; Vol. 39, No. 5. pp. 694-719.

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