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Policing Development: Urban Renewal as Neo-liberal Security Strategy
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Policing Development: Urban Renewal as Neo-liberal Security Strategy

Author: Tony Samara
Publisher: Sage Publications
Edition/Format: Article Article : English
Publication:Urban Studies, 47, no. 1 (2010): 197-214
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Other Databases: Elsevier
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Document Type: Article
All Authors / Contributors: Tony Samara
ISSN:0042-0980
Language Note: English
Unique Identifier: 615057179
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