National finitude and the paranoid style of the one

  title={National finitude and the paranoid style of the one},
  author={Andrea Mura},
  journal={Contemporary Political Theory},
  • A. Mura
  • Published 1 February 2016
  • Sociology
  • Contemporary Political Theory
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