Real Punks and Pretenders

  title={Real Punks and Pretenders},
  author={Kathryn Joan Fox},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary Ethnography},
  pages={344 - 370}
  • K. J. Fox
  • Published 1987
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
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