Complex geographies of play provision dis/investment across the UK

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Complex geographies of play provision dis/investment across the UK. / McKendrick, John H.; Kraftl, Peter; Mills, Sarah; Gregorius, Stefanie; Sykes, Grace.

In: International Journal of Play, Vol. 4, No. 3, 02.09.2015, p. 228-235.

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McKendrick, John H. ; Kraftl, Peter ; Mills, Sarah ; Gregorius, Stefanie ; Sykes, Grace. / Complex geographies of play provision dis/investment across the UK. In: International Journal of Play. 2015 ; Vol. 4, No. 3. pp. 228-235.

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