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Imagined bodies : Architects and their constructions of later life. / Buse, Christina; Nettleton, Sarah Joan; Martin, Daryl; Twigg, Julia.

In: Ageing and society, Vol. 37, No. 7, 01.08.2017, p. 1435-1457.

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Buse, C, Nettleton, SJ, Martin, D & Twigg, J 2017, 'Imagined bodies: Architects and their constructions of later life', Ageing and society, vol. 37, no. 7, pp. 1435-1457. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X16000362

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Buse, C., Nettleton, S. J., Martin, D., & Twigg, J. (2017). Imagined bodies: Architects and their constructions of later life. Ageing and society, 37(7), 1435-1457. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X16000362

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Buse C, Nettleton SJ, Martin D, Twigg J. Imagined bodies: Architects and their constructions of later life. Ageing and society. 2017 Aug 1;37(7):1435-1457. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X16000362

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Buse, Christina ; Nettleton, Sarah Joan ; Martin, Daryl ; Twigg, Julia. / Imagined bodies : Architects and their constructions of later life. In: Ageing and society. 2017 ; Vol. 37, No. 7. pp. 1435-1457.

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