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Subversive friendships : Turkish and Armenian encounters in transnational space. / Kasbarian, Sossie; Oktem, Kerem .

In: Patterns of Prejudice, Vol. 48, No. 2, 05.2014, p. 121-146.

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Kasbarian, Sossie ; Oktem, Kerem . / Subversive friendships : Turkish and Armenian encounters in transnational space. In: Patterns of Prejudice. 2014 ; Vol. 48, No. 2. pp. 121-146.

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