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Paradox, performance and food: managing difference in the construction of femininity

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Paradox, performance and food : managing difference in the construction of femininity. / Cronin, James; McCarthy, Mary; Newcombe, Mark; McCarthy, Sinead.

In: Consumption, Markets and Culture, Vol. 17, No. 4, 2014, p. 367-391.

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Cronin, J, McCarthy, M, Newcombe, M & McCarthy, S 2014, 'Paradox, performance and food: managing difference in the construction of femininity', Consumption, Markets and Culture, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 367-391. https://doi.org/10.1080/10253866.2013.872548

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Cronin, J., McCarthy, M., Newcombe, M., & McCarthy, S. (2014). Paradox, performance and food: managing difference in the construction of femininity. Consumption, Markets and Culture, 17(4), 367-391. https://doi.org/10.1080/10253866.2013.872548

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Cronin J, McCarthy M, Newcombe M, McCarthy S. Paradox, performance and food: managing difference in the construction of femininity. Consumption, Markets and Culture. 2014;17(4):367-391. https://doi.org/10.1080/10253866.2013.872548

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Cronin, James ; McCarthy, Mary ; Newcombe, Mark ; McCarthy, Sinead. / Paradox, performance and food : managing difference in the construction of femininity. In: Consumption, Markets and Culture. 2014 ; Vol. 17, No. 4. pp. 367-391.

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