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A Life Lived Otherwise: Contingency and Necessity in an Interconnected World. / Irving, Andrew.

In: Anthropologica, Vol. 60, No. 2, 2018, p. 390-402.

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Irving, Andrew. / A Life Lived Otherwise: Contingency and Necessity in an Interconnected World. In: Anthropologica. 2018 ; Vol. 60, No. 2. pp. 390-402.

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