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'We looked after people better when we were informal' : the 'quasi-formalisation' of Montevideo's waste-pickers. / O'Hare, Patrick.

In: Bulletin of Latin American Research, Vol. 39, No. 1, 21.01.2020, p. 53-68.

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O'Hare, P 2020, ''We looked after people better when we were informal': the 'quasi-formalisation' of Montevideo's waste-pickers', Bulletin of Latin American Research, vol. 39, no. 1, pp. 53-68. https://doi.org/10.1111/blar.12957

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O'Hare, P. (2020). 'We looked after people better when we were informal': the 'quasi-formalisation' of Montevideo's waste-pickers. Bulletin of Latin American Research, 39(1), 53-68. https://doi.org/10.1111/blar.12957

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O'Hare P. 'We looked after people better when we were informal': the 'quasi-formalisation' of Montevideo's waste-pickers. Bulletin of Latin American Research. 2020 Jan 21;39(1):53-68. https://doi.org/10.1111/blar.12957

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O'Hare, Patrick. / 'We looked after people better when we were informal' : the 'quasi-formalisation' of Montevideo's waste-pickers. In: Bulletin of Latin American Research. 2020 ; Vol. 39, No. 1. pp. 53-68.

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