Beyond the Perfect Body

  title={Beyond the Perfect Body},
  author={Pirkko Markula},
  journal={Journal of Sport \& Social Issues},
  pages={158 - 179}
  • P. Markula
  • Published 1 May 2001
  • Sociology, Art
  • Journal of Sport & Social Issues
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