'Whatever it takes': Building the disciplined body and self: A Foucaulldian analysis of Danish bodyfitness athletes

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'Whatever it takes': Building the disciplined body and self : A Foucaulldian analysis of Danish bodyfitness athletes. / Lindop, Michelle Sandra Blagdon.

Nordic Sociological Association Conference 2018 - NSA 2018 - Aalborg, Denmark, 8th - 10th August 2018: Book of Abstracts. 2018. s. 116.

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Lindop, MSB 2018, 'Whatever it takes': Building the disciplined body and self: A Foucaulldian analysis of Danish bodyfitness athletes. i Nordic Sociological Association Conference 2018 - NSA 2018 - Aalborg, Denmark, 8th - 10th August 2018: Book of Abstracts. s. 116, NSA 2018: The 29th Nordic Sociological Association Conference, Aalborg, Danmark, 08/08/2018.

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Lindop, M. S. B. (2018). 'Whatever it takes': Building the disciplined body and self: A Foucaulldian analysis of Danish bodyfitness athletes. I Nordic Sociological Association Conference 2018 - NSA 2018 - Aalborg, Denmark, 8th - 10th August 2018: Book of Abstracts (s. 116)

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Lindop MSB. 'Whatever it takes': Building the disciplined body and self: A Foucaulldian analysis of Danish bodyfitness athletes. I Nordic Sociological Association Conference 2018 - NSA 2018 - Aalborg, Denmark, 8th - 10th August 2018: Book of Abstracts. 2018. s. 116

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Lindop, Michelle Sandra Blagdon. / 'Whatever it takes': Building the disciplined body and self : A Foucaulldian analysis of Danish bodyfitness athletes. Nordic Sociological Association Conference 2018 - NSA 2018 - Aalborg, Denmark, 8th - 10th August 2018: Book of Abstracts. 2018. s. 116

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