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Visuality, mobility and the cosmopolitan: inhabiting the world from afar. / Szerszynski, Bronislaw; Urry, John.

In: British Journal of Sociology, Vol. 57, No. 1, 03.2006, p. 113-132.

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Szerszynski B, Urry J. Visuality, mobility and the cosmopolitan: inhabiting the world from afar. British Journal of Sociology. 2006 Mar;57(1):113-132. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-4446.2006.00096.x

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Szerszynski, Bronislaw ; Urry, John. / Visuality, mobility and the cosmopolitan: inhabiting the world from afar. In: British Journal of Sociology. 2006 ; Vol. 57, No. 1. pp. 113-132.

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