Camera monologue: Cultural critique beyond collaboration, participation, and dialogue

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Camera monologue: Cultural critique beyond collaboration, participation, and dialogue. / Suhr, Christian.

In: Visual Anthropology, Vol. 31, No. 4-5, 01.08.2018, p. 376-393.

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Suhr, Christian. / Camera monologue: Cultural critique beyond collaboration, participation, and dialogue. In: Visual Anthropology. 2018 ; Vol. 31, No. 4-5. pp. 376-393.

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