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The rhythms of infrastructure. / Jalas, Mikko; Rinkinen, Jenny Maria; Silvast, Antti.

In: Anthropology Today, Vol. 32, No. 4, 01.08.2016, p. 17-20.

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Jalas, M, Rinkinen, JM & Silvast, A 2016, 'The rhythms of infrastructure', Anthropology Today, vol. 32, no. 4, pp. 17-20. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8322.12267

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Jalas, M., Rinkinen, J. M., & Silvast, A. (2016). The rhythms of infrastructure. Anthropology Today, 32(4), 17-20. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8322.12267

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Jalas M, Rinkinen JM, Silvast A. The rhythms of infrastructure. Anthropology Today. 2016 Aug 1;32(4):17-20. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8322.12267

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Jalas, Mikko ; Rinkinen, Jenny Maria ; Silvast, Antti. / The rhythms of infrastructure. In: Anthropology Today. 2016 ; Vol. 32, No. 4. pp. 17-20.

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