Surveillance in Niger : Gendarmes and the Problem of "Seeing Things"

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GÖPFERT, Mirco, 2016. Surveillance in Niger : Gendarmes and the Problem of "Seeing Things". In: African Studies Review. 59(2), pp. 39-57. ISSN 0002-0206. eISSN 1555-2462. Available under: doi: 10.1017/asr.2016.37

@article{Gopfert2016Surve-35164, title={Surveillance in Niger : Gendarmes and the Problem of "Seeing Things"}, year={2016}, doi={10.1017/asr.2016.37}, number={2}, volume={59}, issn={0002-0206}, journal={African Studies Review}, pages={39--57}, author={Göpfert, Mirco} }

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