The Ethnography of Things Military – Empathy and Critique in Military Anthropology

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The Ethnography of Things Military – Empathy and Critique in Military Anthropology. / Mohr, Sebastian; Sørensen, Birgitte Refslund; Weisdorf, Matti.

In: Ethnos - Journal of Anthropology, 2020, p. 1.

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Mohr, S, Sørensen, BR & Weisdorf, M 2020, 'The Ethnography of Things Military – Empathy and Critique in Military Anthropology', Ethnos - Journal of Anthropology, pp. 1. https://doi.org/10.1080/00141844.2019.1687553

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Mohr, S., Sørensen, B. R., & Weisdorf, M. (2020). The Ethnography of Things Military – Empathy and Critique in Military Anthropology. Ethnos - Journal of Anthropology, 1. https://doi.org/10.1080/00141844.2019.1687553

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Mohr S, Sørensen BR, Weisdorf M. The Ethnography of Things Military – Empathy and Critique in Military Anthropology. Ethnos - Journal of Anthropology. 2020;1. https://doi.org/10.1080/00141844.2019.1687553

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Mohr, Sebastian ; Sørensen, Birgitte Refslund ; Weisdorf, Matti. / The Ethnography of Things Military – Empathy and Critique in Military Anthropology. In: Ethnos - Journal of Anthropology. 2020 ; pp. 1.

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