Brokers of hope: Extractive industries and the dynamics of future-making in post-colonial Greenland

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Brokers of hope: Extractive industries and the dynamics of future-making in post-colonial Greenland. / Sejersen, Frank.

I: Polar Record, 19.09.2019, s. 1-11.

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Sejersen, F 2019, 'Brokers of hope: Extractive industries and the dynamics of future-making in post-colonial Greenland', Polar Record, s. 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0032247419000457

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Sejersen, F. (2019). Brokers of hope: Extractive industries and the dynamics of future-making in post-colonial Greenland. Polar Record, 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0032247419000457

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Sejersen F. Brokers of hope: Extractive industries and the dynamics of future-making in post-colonial Greenland. Polar Record. 2019 sep 19;1-11. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0032247419000457

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Sejersen, Frank. / Brokers of hope: Extractive industries and the dynamics of future-making in post-colonial Greenland. I: Polar Record. 2019 ; s. 1-11.

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