Of parks and politics: the production of socio-nature in a Gujarati town

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Of parks and politics : the production of socio-nature in a Gujarati town. / Zimmer, Anna; Cornea, Natasha; Véron, René.

In: Local Environment, Vol. 22, No. 1, 02.01.2017, p. 49-66.

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Zimmer, Anna ; Cornea, Natasha ; Véron, René. / Of parks and politics : the production of socio-nature in a Gujarati town. In: Local Environment. 2017 ; Vol. 22, No. 1. pp. 49-66.

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