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Networks of Desire: How Technology Increases Our Passion to Consume

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Networks of Desire : How Technology Increases Our Passion to Consume. / Kozinets, Robert; Patterson, Anthony; Ashman, Rachel.

In: Journal of Consumer Research, Vol. 43, No. 5, 01.02.2017, p. 659-682.

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Kozinets, R, Patterson, A & Ashman, R 2017, 'Networks of Desire: How Technology Increases Our Passion to Consume', Journal of Consumer Research, vol. 43, no. 5, pp. 659-682. https://doi.org/10.1093/jcr/ucw061

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Kozinets, R., Patterson, A., & Ashman, R. (2017). Networks of Desire: How Technology Increases Our Passion to Consume. Journal of Consumer Research, 43(5), 659-682. https://doi.org/10.1093/jcr/ucw061

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Kozinets R, Patterson A, Ashman R. Networks of Desire: How Technology Increases Our Passion to Consume. Journal of Consumer Research. 2017 Feb 1;43(5):659-682. https://doi.org/10.1093/jcr/ucw061

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Kozinets, Robert ; Patterson, Anthony ; Ashman, Rachel. / Networks of Desire : How Technology Increases Our Passion to Consume. In: Journal of Consumer Research. 2017 ; Vol. 43, No. 5. pp. 659-682.

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