Caring through crime: Ethical ambivalence and the cocaine trade in Bissau

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Caring through crime : Ethical ambivalence and the cocaine trade in Bissau . / Vigh, Henrik Erdman.

In: Africa, Vol. 87, No. 3, 2017, p. 479-495.

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Vigh, HE 2017, 'Caring through crime: Ethical ambivalence and the cocaine trade in Bissau ', Africa, vol. 87, no. 3, pp. 479-495. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0001972017000079

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Vigh, H. E. (2017). Caring through crime: Ethical ambivalence and the cocaine trade in Bissau . Africa, 87(3), 479-495. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0001972017000079

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Vigh HE. Caring through crime: Ethical ambivalence and the cocaine trade in Bissau . Africa. 2017;87(3):479-495. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0001972017000079

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Vigh, Henrik Erdman. / Caring through crime : Ethical ambivalence and the cocaine trade in Bissau . In: Africa. 2017 ; Vol. 87, No. 3. pp. 479-495.

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