Accidental Histories, Post-Historical Practice?: Re-reading Body of Power, Spirit of Resistance in the Actuarial Age

@article{Morris2010AccidentalHP,
  title={Accidental Histories, Post-Historical Practice?: Re-reading Body of Power, Spirit of Resistance in the Actuarial Age},
  author={Rosalind C. Morris},
  journal={Anthropological Quarterly},
  year={2010},
  volume={83},
  pages={581 - 624}
}
  • R. Morris
  • Published 1 July 2010
  • Art
  • Anthropological Quarterly
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