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When is an Affordance? Bodies, Technologies and Action Possibilities

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When is an Affordance? Bodies, Technologies and Action Possibilities. / Bloomfield, B P; Latham, Yvonne; Vurdubakis, T.

Lancaster : Lancaster University, 2009. (Organisation, Work and Technology Working Paper Series).

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Bloomfield, BP, Latham, Y & Vurdubakis, T 2009 'When is an Affordance? Bodies, Technologies and Action Possibilities' Organisation, Work and Technology Working Paper Series, Lancaster University, Lancaster .

APA

Bloomfield, B. P., Latham, Y., & Vurdubakis, T. (2009). When is an Affordance? Bodies, Technologies and Action Possibilities. (Organisation, Work and Technology Working Paper Series). Lancaster University.

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Bloomfield BP, Latham Y, Vurdubakis T. When is an Affordance? Bodies, Technologies and Action Possibilities. Lancaster : Lancaster University. 2009. (Organisation, Work and Technology Working Paper Series).

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Bloomfield, B P ; Latham, Yvonne ; Vurdubakis, T. / When is an Affordance? Bodies, Technologies and Action Possibilities. Lancaster : Lancaster University, 2009. (Organisation, Work and Technology Working Paper Series).

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