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Violence, Urban Anxieties and Masculinities: The ‘foot soldiers’ of 2002, Ahmedabad. / Jasani, Rubina.

In: South Asia: Journal of South Asia Studies, Vol. 43, No. 4, 43/3, 15.07.2020, p. 675-690.

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