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Mother, Monster, Mrs, I: A critical evaluation of gendered naming strategies in English sentencing remarks of women who kill

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Mother, Monster, Mrs, I : A critical evaluation of gendered naming strategies in English sentencing remarks of women who kill. / Potts, Amanda; Weare, Siobhan Francesca.

In: International Journal for the Semiotics of Law, Vol. 31, No. 1, 01.03.2018, p. 21-52.

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Potts, Amanda ; Weare, Siobhan Francesca. / Mother, Monster, Mrs, I : A critical evaluation of gendered naming strategies in English sentencing remarks of women who kill. In: International Journal for the Semiotics of Law. 2018 ; Vol. 31, No. 1. pp. 21-52.

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