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Theories of culture in racist discourse. / Durrheim, Kevin; Dixon, John A.

In: Race and Society, Vol. 3, No. 2, 07.2000, p. 93-109.

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Durrheim, K & Dixon, JA 2000, 'Theories of culture in racist discourse.', Race and Society, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 93-109. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1090-9524(01)00024-9

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Durrheim, Kevin ; Dixon, John A. / Theories of culture in racist discourse. In: Race and Society. 2000 ; Vol. 3, No. 2. pp. 93-109.

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