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Media, madness and misrepresentation: Critical reflections on anti-stigma discourse

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Media, madness and misrepresentation : Critical reflections on anti-stigma discourse. / Harper, Stephen.

In: European Journal of Communication, Vol. 20, No. 4, 01.12.2005, p. 460-483.

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Harper, Stephen. / Media, madness and misrepresentation : Critical reflections on anti-stigma discourse. In: European Journal of Communication. 2005 ; Vol. 20, No. 4. pp. 460-483.

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