Groups and individuals: conformity and diversity in the performance of gendered identities.

  title={Groups and individuals: conformity and diversity in the performance of gendered identities.},
  author={Robert Evans and Harry M. Collins and Martin Weinel and Jennifer Lyttleton-Smith and Hannah O’Mahoney and Willow Leonard-Clarke},
  journal={The British journal of sociology},
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