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The grammar of action in the critical zone. / Szerszynski, Bronislaw.

Critical Zones: The Science and Politics of Landing on Earth. ed. / Bruno Latour; Peter Weibel. Cambridge, MA, USA : MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., 2020. p. 344-349.

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Szerszynski, B 2020, The grammar of action in the critical zone. in B Latour & P Weibel (eds), Critical Zones: The Science and Politics of Landing on Earth. MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., Cambridge, MA, USA, pp. 344-349. <https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/critical-zones>

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Szerszynski, B. (2020). The grammar of action in the critical zone. In B. Latour, & P. Weibel (Eds.), Critical Zones: The Science and Politics of Landing on Earth (pp. 344-349). MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass.. https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/critical-zones

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Szerszynski B. The grammar of action in the critical zone. In Latour B, Weibel P, editors, Critical Zones: The Science and Politics of Landing on Earth. Cambridge, MA, USA: MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass. 2020. p. 344-349

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Szerszynski, Bronislaw. / The grammar of action in the critical zone. Critical Zones: The Science and Politics of Landing on Earth. editor / Bruno Latour ; Peter Weibel. Cambridge, MA, USA : MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., 2020. pp. 344-349

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