Apocalypse Forever?

  title={Apocalypse Forever?},
  author={Erik Swyngedouw},
  journal={Theory, Culture \& Society},
  pages={213 - 232}
  • E. Swyngedouw
  • Published 1 March 2010
  • Political Science
  • Theory, Culture & Society
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