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Who has the power to act in the world?: social actors, agency and voice in a Catholic newspaper

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Who has the power to act in the world? social actors, agency and voice in a Catholic newspaper. / Tusting, Karin.

In: Journal of Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice, Vol. 9, No. 3, 2014, p. 425-450.

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Tusting, K 2014, 'Who has the power to act in the world? social actors, agency and voice in a Catholic newspaper', Journal of Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 425-450. https://doi.org/10.1558/japl.v9i3.20846

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Tusting K. Who has the power to act in the world? social actors, agency and voice in a Catholic newspaper. Journal of Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice. 2014;9(3):425-450. doi: 10.1558/japl.v9i3.20846

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Tusting, Karin. / Who has the power to act in the world? social actors, agency and voice in a Catholic newspaper. In: Journal of Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice. 2014 ; Vol. 9, No. 3. pp. 425-450.

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