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Not Just Participation: The Rise of the Eco-Precariat in the Green Economy

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Not Just Participation : The Rise of the Eco-Precariat in the Green Economy. / Neimark, Benjamin; Mahanty , Sango; Dressler, Wolfram et al.

In: Antipode, Vol. 52, No. 2, 01.03.2020, p. 496-521.

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Neimark B, Mahanty S, Dressler W, Hicks C. Not Just Participation: The Rise of the Eco-Precariat in the Green Economy. Antipode. 2020 Mar 1;52(2):496-521. Epub 2020 Jan 24. doi: 10.1111/anti.12593

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Neimark, Benjamin ; Mahanty , Sango ; Dressler, Wolfram et al. / Not Just Participation : The Rise of the Eco-Precariat in the Green Economy. In: Antipode. 2020 ; Vol. 52, No. 2. pp. 496-521.

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