Geographies of shit

  title={Geographies of shit},
  author={Sarah Jewitt},
  journal={Progress in Human Geography},
  pages={608 - 626}
  • S. Jewitt
  • Published 14 February 2011
  • Sociology
  • Progress in Human Geography
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