ID-entities, data and the sensory work of border control

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ID-entities, data and the sensory work of border control. / Møhl, Perle.

In: Ethnos. Journal of Anthropology, 2020.

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Møhl, P 2020, 'ID-entities, data and the sensory work of border control', Ethnos. Journal of Anthropology. https://doi.org/10.1080/00141844.2019.1696858

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Møhl, P. (2020). ID-entities, data and the sensory work of border control. Ethnos. Journal of Anthropology. https://doi.org/10.1080/00141844.2019.1696858

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Møhl P. ID-entities, data and the sensory work of border control. Ethnos. Journal of Anthropology. 2020. https://doi.org/10.1080/00141844.2019.1696858

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Møhl, Perle. / ID-entities, data and the sensory work of border control. In: Ethnos. Journal of Anthropology. 2020.

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