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Ni Putes ni Soumises: A Republican Feminism from the Quartiers Sensibles
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Ni Putes ni Soumises: A Republican Feminism from the Quartiers Sensibles

Author: Nicole Fayard; Yvette Rocheron
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Edition/Format: Article Article : EN
Publication:Modern & Contemporary France, 17, no. 1 (2009): 1-18
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Document Type: Article
All Authors / Contributors: Nicole Fayard; Yvette Rocheron
ISSN:0963-9489
Language Note: EN
Unique Identifier: 356739830
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