Becoming what you are: faith and freedom in a Danish Lutheran movement

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Becoming what you are : faith and freedom in a Danish Lutheran movement. / Pedersen, Morten Axel.

In: Social Anthropology, Vol. 26, No. 2, 01.05.2018, p. 182-196.

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Pedersen, MA 2018, 'Becoming what you are: faith and freedom in a Danish Lutheran movement', Social Anthropology, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 182-196. https://doi.org/10.1111/1469-8676.12484

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Pedersen, M. A. (2018). Becoming what you are: faith and freedom in a Danish Lutheran movement. Social Anthropology, 26(2), 182-196. https://doi.org/10.1111/1469-8676.12484

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Pedersen MA. Becoming what you are: faith and freedom in a Danish Lutheran movement. Social Anthropology. 2018 May 1;26(2):182-196. https://doi.org/10.1111/1469-8676.12484

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Pedersen, Morten Axel. / Becoming what you are : faith and freedom in a Danish Lutheran movement. In: Social Anthropology. 2018 ; Vol. 26, No. 2. pp. 182-196.

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