It is value that brings universes into being

  title={It is value that brings universes into being},
  author={David A. Graeber},
  journal={HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory},
  pages={219 - 243}
  • D. Graeber
  • Published 1 June 2013
  • Sociology, Psychology
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