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Suited for Success? Suits, Status, and Hybrid Masculinity

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Suited for Success? Suits, Status, and Hybrid Masculinity. / Weiner, Nathaniel; Barry, Ben.

In: Men and Masculinities, 06.03.2017, p. 1-26.

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Weiner, Nathaniel ; Barry, Ben. / Suited for Success? Suits, Status, and Hybrid Masculinity. In: Men and Masculinities. 2017 ; pp. 1-26.

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