Despite the Terrors of Typologies

@article{James2015DespiteTT,
  title={Despite the Terrors of Typologies},
  author={Paul James},
  journal={Interventions},
  year={2015},
  volume={17},
  pages={174 - 195}
}
  • P. James
  • Published 4 March 2015
  • Sociology
  • Interventions
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