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Sovereignty, bare life and the Arab Uprisings. / Mabon, Simon Paul.

In: Third World Quarterly, Vol. 38, No. 8, 08.2017, p. 1782-1799.

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Mabon, Simon Paul. / Sovereignty, bare life and the Arab Uprisings. In: Third World Quarterly. 2017 ; Vol. 38, No. 8. pp. 1782-1799.

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