Trans-temporal hinges: Reflections on a comparative ethnographic study of Chinese infrastructural projects in Mozambique and Mongolia

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Trans-temporal hinges : Reflections on a comparative ethnographic study of Chinese infrastructural projects in Mozambique and Mongolia. / Pedersen, Morten Axel; Nielsen, Morten.

In: Social Analysis: The International Journal of Anthropology, Vol. 57, No. 1, 21.06.2013, p. 122-142.

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Pedersen, MA & Nielsen, M 2013, 'Trans-temporal hinges: Reflections on a comparative ethnographic study of Chinese infrastructural projects in Mozambique and Mongolia', Social Analysis: The International Journal of Anthropology, vol. 57, no. 1, pp. 122-142. https://doi.org/10.3167/sa.2013.570109

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Pedersen, M. A., & Nielsen, M. (2013). Trans-temporal hinges: Reflections on a comparative ethnographic study of Chinese infrastructural projects in Mozambique and Mongolia. Social Analysis: The International Journal of Anthropology, 57(1), 122-142. https://doi.org/10.3167/sa.2013.570109

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Pedersen MA, Nielsen M. Trans-temporal hinges: Reflections on a comparative ethnographic study of Chinese infrastructural projects in Mozambique and Mongolia. Social Analysis: The International Journal of Anthropology. 2013 Jun 21;57(1):122-142. https://doi.org/10.3167/sa.2013.570109

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Pedersen, Morten Axel ; Nielsen, Morten. / Trans-temporal hinges : Reflections on a comparative ethnographic study of Chinese infrastructural projects in Mozambique and Mongolia. In: Social Analysis: The International Journal of Anthropology. 2013 ; Vol. 57, No. 1. pp. 122-142.

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