British Identity and ‘The People's Princess’

  title={British Identity and ‘The People's Princess’},
  author={Jim Mcguigan},
  journal={The Sociological Review},
  pages={1 - 18}
  • J. Mcguigan
  • Published 2000
  • Sociology
  • The Sociological Review
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