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The Paradox of Pluralisation: Masculinities, Androgyny and Male Anxiety in Contemporary China

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The Paradox of Pluralisation : Masculinities, Androgyny and Male Anxiety in Contemporary China. / Hird, Derek.

Understanding Global Sexualities: New Frontiers. ed. / Peter Aggleton; Paul Boyce; Henrietta L. Moore; Richard Parker. London : Routledge, 2012. p. 49–65 (Sexuality, Culture and Health).

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Harvard

Hird, D 2012, The Paradox of Pluralisation: Masculinities, Androgyny and Male Anxiety in Contemporary China. in P Aggleton, P Boyce, HL Moore & R Parker (eds), Understanding Global Sexualities: New Frontiers. Sexuality, Culture and Health, Routledge, London, pp. 49–65 . <https://www.routledge.com/Understanding-Global-Sexualities-New-Frontiers/Aggleton-Boyce-Moore-Parker/p/book/9780415673471>

APA

Hird, D. (2012). The Paradox of Pluralisation: Masculinities, Androgyny and Male Anxiety in Contemporary China. In P. Aggleton, P. Boyce, H. L. Moore, & R. Parker (Eds.), Understanding Global Sexualities: New Frontiers (pp. 49–65 ). (Sexuality, Culture and Health). Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/Understanding-Global-Sexualities-New-Frontiers/Aggleton-Boyce-Moore-Parker/p/book/9780415673471

Vancouver

Hird D. The Paradox of Pluralisation: Masculinities, Androgyny and Male Anxiety in Contemporary China. In Aggleton P, Boyce P, Moore HL, Parker R, editors, Understanding Global Sexualities: New Frontiers. London: Routledge. 2012. p. 49–65 . (Sexuality, Culture and Health).

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Hird, Derek. / The Paradox of Pluralisation : Masculinities, Androgyny and Male Anxiety in Contemporary China. Understanding Global Sexualities: New Frontiers. editor / Peter Aggleton ; Paul Boyce ; Henrietta L. Moore ; Richard Parker. London : Routledge, 2012. pp. 49–65 (Sexuality, Culture and Health).

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