Online weight-loss services and a calculative practice of slimming

Tutkimustuotos: ArtikkelijulkaisuArtikkeliTieteellinenvertaisarvioitu

Alkuperäiskielienglanti
LehtiHealth
Vuosikerta21
Numero4
Sivut409-424
Sivumäärä16
ISSN1363-4593
DOI - pysyväislinkit
TilaJulkaistu - 2017
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä, vertaisarvioitu

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  • 3142 Kansanterveystiede, ympäristö ja työterveys
  • 5142 Sosiaali- ja yhteiskuntapolitiikka

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Niva, Mari. / Online weight-loss services and a calculative practice of slimming. Julkaisussa: Health. 2017 ; Vuosikerta 21, Nro 4. Sivut 409-424.
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Online weight-loss services and a calculative practice of slimming. / Niva, Mari.

julkaisussa: Health, Vuosikerta 21, Nro 4, 2017, s. 409-424.

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