Himalayan Boom Town: Rural-Urban Transformations in Namchi, Sikkim

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Himalayan Boom Town: Rural-Urban Transformations in Namchi, Sikkim. / McDuie-Ra, Duncan; Chettri, Mona.

I: Development and Change, Bind 49, Nr. 6, 10.10.2018, s. 1471-1494.

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McDuie-Ra, D & Chettri, M 2018, 'Himalayan Boom Town: Rural-Urban Transformations in Namchi, Sikkim', Development and Change, bind 49, nr. 6, s. 1471-1494. https://doi.org/10.1111/dech.12450

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McDuie-Ra, D., & Chettri, M. (2018). Himalayan Boom Town: Rural-Urban Transformations in Namchi, Sikkim. Development and Change, 49(6), 1471-1494. https://doi.org/10.1111/dech.12450

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McDuie-Ra D, Chettri M. 2018. Himalayan Boom Town: Rural-Urban Transformations in Namchi, Sikkim. Development and Change. 49(6):1471-1494. https://doi.org/10.1111/dech.12450

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McDuie-Ra, Duncan og Mona Chettri. "Himalayan Boom Town: Rural-Urban Transformations in Namchi, Sikkim". Development and Change. 2018, 49(6). 1471-1494. https://doi.org/10.1111/dech.12450

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McDuie-Ra D, Chettri M. Himalayan Boom Town: Rural-Urban Transformations in Namchi, Sikkim. Development and Change. 2018 okt 10;49(6):1471-1494. https://doi.org/10.1111/dech.12450

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McDuie-Ra, Duncan ; Chettri, Mona. / Himalayan Boom Town: Rural-Urban Transformations in Namchi, Sikkim. I: Development and Change. 2018 ; Bind 49, Nr. 6. s. 1471-1494.

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