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On the pragmatics of inscription: detecting deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon

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On the pragmatics of inscription : detecting deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. / Rajão, Raoni; Vurdubakis, Theodore.

In: Theory, Culture and Society, Vol. 30, No. 4, 07.2013, p. 151-177.

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Rajão R, Vurdubakis T. On the pragmatics of inscription: detecting deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. Theory, Culture and Society. 2013 Jul;30(4):151-177. Epub 2013 May 15. doi: 10.1177/0263276413486203

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Rajão, Raoni ; Vurdubakis, Theodore. / On the pragmatics of inscription : detecting deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. In: Theory, Culture and Society. 2013 ; Vol. 30, No. 4. pp. 151-177.

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