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Pod Stalinem : field notes from another modernity. / Sayer, Derek.

In: Journal of Classical Sociology, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2013, p. 87-103.

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Sayer, D 2013, 'Pod Stalinem: field notes from another modernity', Journal of Classical Sociology, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 87-103. https://doi.org/10.1177/1468795X12461705

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Sayer, D. (2013). Pod Stalinem: field notes from another modernity. Journal of Classical Sociology, 13(1), 87-103. https://doi.org/10.1177/1468795X12461705

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Sayer D. Pod Stalinem: field notes from another modernity. Journal of Classical Sociology. 2013;13(1):87-103. https://doi.org/10.1177/1468795X12461705

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Sayer, Derek. / Pod Stalinem : field notes from another modernity. In: Journal of Classical Sociology. 2013 ; Vol. 13, No. 1. pp. 87-103.

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