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Many chains to break: the multi-dimensional concept of slave labour in Brazil

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Many chains to break : the multi-dimensional concept of slave labour in Brazil. / McGrath, Siobhan.

In: Antipode, Vol. 45, No. 4, 09.2013, p. 1005-1028.

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McGrath S. Many chains to break: the multi-dimensional concept of slave labour in Brazil. Antipode. 2013 Sep;45(4):1005-1028. Epub 2012 Jul 19. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8330.2012.01024.x

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