Gender-Based Violence and Young Homeless Women: Femininity, Embodiment and Vicarious Physical Capital

  title={Gender-Based Violence and Young Homeless Women: Femininity, Embodiment and Vicarious Physical Capital},
  author={Juliet Watson},
  journal={The Sociological Review},
  pages={256 - 273}
  • J. Watson
  • Published 1 May 2016
  • Sociology
  • The Sociological Review
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