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Alibis for Adult Play: A Goffmanian Account of Escaping Embarrassment in Adult Play

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Alibis for Adult Play : A Goffmanian Account of Escaping Embarrassment in Adult Play. / Deterding, Christoph Sebastian.

In: Games and Culture, Vol. 13, No. 3, 01.05.2018, p. 260-279.

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Deterding, CS 2018, 'Alibis for Adult Play: A Goffmanian Account of Escaping Embarrassment in Adult Play', Games and Culture, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 260-279. https://doi.org/10.1177/1555412017721086

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Deterding, C. S. (2018). Alibis for Adult Play: A Goffmanian Account of Escaping Embarrassment in Adult Play. Games and Culture, 13(3), 260-279. https://doi.org/10.1177/1555412017721086

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Deterding CS. Alibis for Adult Play: A Goffmanian Account of Escaping Embarrassment in Adult Play. Games and Culture. 2018 May 1;13(3):260-279. https://doi.org/10.1177/1555412017721086

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Deterding, Christoph Sebastian. / Alibis for Adult Play : A Goffmanian Account of Escaping Embarrassment in Adult Play. In: Games and Culture. 2018 ; Vol. 13, No. 3. pp. 260-279.

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