Planet M: The intense abstraction of Marilyn Strathern

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Planet M : The intense abstraction of Marilyn Strathern. / Holbraad, Martin; Pedersen, Morten Axel.

In: Anthropological Theory, Vol. 9, No. 4, 01.12.2009, p. 371-394.

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Holbraad, M & Pedersen, MA 2009, 'Planet M: The intense abstraction of Marilyn Strathern', Anthropological Theory, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 371-394. https://doi.org/10.1177/1463499609360117

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Holbraad, M., & Pedersen, M. A. (2009). Planet M: The intense abstraction of Marilyn Strathern. Anthropological Theory, 9(4), 371-394. https://doi.org/10.1177/1463499609360117

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Holbraad M, Pedersen MA. Planet M: The intense abstraction of Marilyn Strathern. Anthropological Theory. 2009 Dec 1;9(4):371-394. https://doi.org/10.1177/1463499609360117

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Holbraad, Martin ; Pedersen, Morten Axel. / Planet M : The intense abstraction of Marilyn Strathern. In: Anthropological Theory. 2009 ; Vol. 9, No. 4. pp. 371-394.

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