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The problem of energy. / Urry, John.

In: Theory, Culture and Society, Vol. 31, No. 5, 09.2014, p. 3-20.

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Urry, J 2014, 'The problem of energy', Theory, Culture and Society, vol. 31, no. 5, pp. 3-20. https://doi.org/10.1177/0263276414536747

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Urry, J. (2014). The problem of energy. Theory, Culture and Society, 31(5), 3-20. https://doi.org/10.1177/0263276414536747

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Urry J. The problem of energy. Theory, Culture and Society. 2014 Sep;31(5):3-20. doi: 10.1177/0263276414536747

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Urry, John. / The problem of energy. In: Theory, Culture and Society. 2014 ; Vol. 31, No. 5. pp. 3-20.

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