The Sound of Stigmatization: Sonic Habitus, Sonic Styles, and Boundary Work in an Urban Slum1

  title={The Sound of Stigmatization: Sonic Habitus, Sonic Styles, and Boundary Work in an Urban Slum1},
  author={Ori Schwarz},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={205 - 242}
  • O. Schwarz
  • Published 1 July 2015
  • Sociology
  • American Journal of Sociology
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