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Radical critique as the paradox of post-political society. / Diken, Bulent.

In: Third Text, Vol. 23, No. 5, 2009, p. 579-586.

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Diken B. Radical critique as the paradox of post-political society. Third Text. 2009;23(5):579-586. doi: 10.1080/09528820903184815

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Diken, Bulent. / Radical critique as the paradox of post-political society. In: Third Text. 2009 ; Vol. 23, No. 5. pp. 579-586.

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