Social class in America and Britain
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Social class in America and Britain by Fiona Devine

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Published by Edinburgh University Press in Edinburgh .
Written in English

Subjects:

  • Social classes -- Great Britain.,
  • Social classes -- United States.

Book details:

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

StatementFiona Devine.
The Physical Object
Paginationxi, 303 p. ;
Number of Pages303
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL22275770M
ISBN 100748606661
LC Control Number97033055

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