Fishermen’s wives: On the cultural origins of violence against women

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Fishermen’s wives : On the cultural origins of violence against women. / Leyaro, Vincent; Selaya, Pablo; Trifkovic, Neda.

2017.

Publikation: Working paperForskning

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Leyaro, V, Selaya, P & Trifkovic, N 2017 'Fishermen’s wives: On the cultural origins of violence against women'.

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Leyaro, V., Selaya, P., & Trifkovic, N. (2017). Fishermen’s wives: On the cultural origins of violence against women. UNU WIDER Working Paper Series, Nr. 205, Bind. 2017

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Leyaro V, Selaya P, Trifkovic N. Fishermen’s wives: On the cultural origins of violence against women. 2017 dec 20.

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Leyaro, Vincent ; Selaya, Pablo ; Trifkovic, Neda. / Fishermen’s wives : On the cultural origins of violence against women. 2017. (UNU WIDER Working Paper Series; Nr. 205, Bind 2017).

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