Practising Ecumenism Through Boundary Work and Meta-Coding

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KIRSCH, Thomas G., 2018. Practising Ecumenism Through Boundary Work and Meta-Coding. In: Journal of Southern African Studies. 44(2), pp. 345-359. ISSN 0305-7070. eISSN 1465-3893. Available under: doi: 10.1080/03057070.2018.1425068

@article{Kirsch2018-03-04Pract-42035, title={Practising Ecumenism Through Boundary Work and Meta-Coding}, year={2018}, doi={10.1080/03057070.2018.1425068}, number={2}, volume={44}, issn={0305-7070}, journal={Journal of Southern African Studies}, pages={345--359}, author={Kirsch, Thomas G.} }

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