Life in the ant trails: Cocaine and caustic circuits in Bissau

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Life in the ant trails : Cocaine and caustic circuits in Bissau. / Vigh, Henrik Erdman.

In: Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology, Vol. 2019, No. 85, 2019, p. 15-25.

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Vigh, HE 2019, 'Life in the ant trails: Cocaine and caustic circuits in Bissau', Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology, vol. 2019, no. 85, pp. 15-25. https://doi.org/10.3167/fcl.2019.850102

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Vigh, H. E. (2019). Life in the ant trails: Cocaine and caustic circuits in Bissau. Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology, 2019(85), 15-25. https://doi.org/10.3167/fcl.2019.850102

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Vigh HE. Life in the ant trails: Cocaine and caustic circuits in Bissau. Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology. 2019;2019(85):15-25. https://doi.org/10.3167/fcl.2019.850102

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Vigh, Henrik Erdman. / Life in the ant trails : Cocaine and caustic circuits in Bissau. In: Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology. 2019 ; Vol. 2019, No. 85. pp. 15-25.

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