Anthropology, multiple modernities and the axial age debate

  title={Anthropology, multiple modernities and the axial age debate},
  author={Bj{\o}rn Thomassen},
  journal={Anthropological Theory},
  pages={321 - 342}
  • B. Thomassen
  • Published 1 December 2010
  • Sociology
  • Anthropological Theory
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