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'Public connection' and the uncertain norms of media consumption

By Nick Couldry, Sonia Livingstone and Tim Markham
Topics: HC Economic History and Conditions
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Year: 2007
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Provided by: LSE Research Online

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