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Lotte Meinert

Learning to wait: schooling and the instability of adulthood for young men in Uganda

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Learning to wait : schooling and the instability of adulthood for young men in Uganda. / Dungey, Claire Elisabeth; Meinert, Lotte.

Elusive adulthoods: the anthropology of new maturities. red. / Deborah Durham; Jacqueline Solway. Bloomington, IN : Indiana University Press, 2017. s. 83-104.

Publikation: Bidrag til bog/antologi/rapport/proceedingBidrag til bog/antologiForskningpeer review

Harvard

Dungey, CE & Meinert, L 2017, Learning to wait: schooling and the instability of adulthood for young men in Uganda. i D Durham & J Solway (red), Elusive adulthoods: the anthropology of new maturities. Indiana University Press, Bloomington, IN, s. 83-104.

APA

Dungey, C. E., & Meinert, L. (2017). Learning to wait: schooling and the instability of adulthood for young men in Uganda. I D. Durham, & J. Solway (red.), Elusive adulthoods: the anthropology of new maturities (s. 83-104). Indiana University Press.

CBE

Dungey CE, Meinert L. 2017. Learning to wait: schooling and the instability of adulthood for young men in Uganda. Durham D, Solway J, red. I Elusive adulthoods: the anthropology of new maturities. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. s. 83-104.

MLA

Dungey, Claire Elisabeth og Lotte Meinert "Learning to wait: schooling and the instability of adulthood for young men in Uganda". og Durham, Deborah Solway, Jacqueline (red.). Elusive adulthoods: the anthropology of new maturities. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. 2017, 83-104.

Vancouver

Dungey CE, Meinert L. Learning to wait: schooling and the instability of adulthood for young men in Uganda. I Durham D, Solway J, red., Elusive adulthoods: the anthropology of new maturities. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. 2017. s. 83-104

Author

Dungey, Claire Elisabeth ; Meinert, Lotte. / Learning to wait : schooling and the instability of adulthood for young men in Uganda. Elusive adulthoods: the anthropology of new maturities. red. / Deborah Durham ; Jacqueline Solway. Bloomington, IN : Indiana University Press, 2017. s. 83-104

Bibtex

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