State violence specialists in West Africa

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BEEK, Jan, Mirco GÖPFERT, 2013. State violence specialists in West Africa. In: Sociologus. 63(1-2), pp. 103-124. ISSN 0038-0377. eISSN 1865-5106. Available under: doi: 10.3790/soc.63.1-2.103

@article{Beek2013State-30801, title={State violence specialists in West Africa}, year={2013}, doi={10.3790/soc.63.1-2.103}, number={1-2}, volume={63}, issn={0038-0377}, journal={Sociologus}, pages={103--124}, author={Beek, Jan and Göpfert, Mirco} }

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