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1.4 Ways of working and contributing

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References

Alexander, A. and Morrison, M. A. (1995) ‘Electric toyland and the structures of power: an analysis of critical studies on children as consumers’, Critical Studies in Mass Communications, vol. 12, pp. 344–53.
Bandura, A. (1965) ‘Influence of models’ reinforcement contingencies on the acquisition of imitative responses’, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, vol. 1, pp. 589
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