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Proximity by design?: affective citizenship and the management of unease

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Proximity by design? affective citizenship and the management of unease. / Fortier, Anne-Marie.

In: Citizenship Studies, Vol. 14, No. 1, 2010, p. 17-30.

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Fortier A-M. Proximity by design? affective citizenship and the management of unease. Citizenship Studies. 2010;14(1):17-30. doi: 10.1080/13621020903466258

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Fortier, Anne-Marie. / Proximity by design? affective citizenship and the management of unease. In: Citizenship Studies. 2010 ; Vol. 14, No. 1. pp. 17-30.

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