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Symbolic Class Struggles and the Intersection of Socioeconomic, Cultural and Moral Categorisations

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Symbolic Class Struggles and the Intersection of Socioeconomic, Cultural and Moral Categorisations. / Harrits, Gitte Sommer; Pedersen, Helene Helboe.

I: Sociology, Bind 53, Nr. 5, 10.2019, s. 861-878.

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