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Rough and Smooth Sands : Social Thresholds and Seaside Style. / Carruthers, Jo.

Sandscapes: Writing the British Seaside . ed. / Jo Carruthers; Nour Dakkak. New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2020. p. 125-139.

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Carruthers, J 2020, Rough and Smooth Sands: Social Thresholds and Seaside Style. in J Carruthers & N Dakkak (eds), Sandscapes: Writing the British Seaside . Palgrave Macmillan, New York, pp. 125-139. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-44780-9_8

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Carruthers, J. (2020). Rough and Smooth Sands: Social Thresholds and Seaside Style. In J. Carruthers, & N. Dakkak (Eds.), Sandscapes: Writing the British Seaside (pp. 125-139). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-44780-9_8

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Carruthers J. Rough and Smooth Sands: Social Thresholds and Seaside Style. In Carruthers J, Dakkak N, editors, Sandscapes: Writing the British Seaside . New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 2020. p. 125-139 doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-44780-9_8

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Carruthers, Jo. / Rough and Smooth Sands : Social Thresholds and Seaside Style. Sandscapes: Writing the British Seaside . editor / Jo Carruthers ; Nour Dakkak. New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2020. pp. 125-139

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