Theorising northernness and northern culture: the north of England, northern Englishness, and sympathetic magic

  title={Theorising northernness and northern culture: the north of England, northern Englishness, and sympathetic magic},
  author={Karl Spracklen},
  journal={Journal for Cultural Research},
  pages={16 - 4}
  • K. Spracklen
  • Published 2 January 2016
  • Sociology
  • Journal for Cultural Research
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