Debt as an Urban Chronotrope in Mongolia

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Debt as an Urban Chronotrope in Mongolia. / Pedersen, Morten Axel.

In: Ethnos. Journal of Anthropology, Vol. 82, No. 3, Special Issue: Urban TimesIMES , 2017, p. 475-491.

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Pedersen, MA 2017, 'Debt as an Urban Chronotrope in Mongolia', Ethnos. Journal of Anthropology, vol. 82, no. 3, Special Issue: Urban TimesIMES , pp. 475-491. https://doi.org/10.1080/00141844.2016.1192213

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Pedersen, M. A. (2017). Debt as an Urban Chronotrope in Mongolia. Ethnos. Journal of Anthropology, 82(3), 475-491. [Special Issue: Urban TimesIMES ]. https://doi.org/10.1080/00141844.2016.1192213

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Pedersen MA. Debt as an Urban Chronotrope in Mongolia. Ethnos. Journal of Anthropology. 2017;82(3):475-491. Special Issue: Urban TimesIMES . https://doi.org/10.1080/00141844.2016.1192213

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Pedersen, Morten Axel. / Debt as an Urban Chronotrope in Mongolia. In: Ethnos. Journal of Anthropology. 2017 ; Vol. 82, No. 3. pp. 475-491.

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