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  1. General reading list 19 items
    There is a vast amount of literature available on the topic of social theory. You can find lots of useful resources online. This general reading list is intended to provide you with some starting points for your reading, and to help you when you research your essay.
    1. Media, society, world: social theory and digital media practice - Nick Couldry 2012

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    2. Perspectives in sociology - E. C. Cuff, W. W. Sharrock, D. W. Francis 2006 (electronic resource)

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    3. Social theory in a changing world: conceptions of modernity - Gerard Delanty 1999

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    4. Postmodernism, or, The cultural logic of late capitalism - Fredric Jameson 1991

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    5. Key ideas in sociology - Peter Kivisto 2011

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    6. Modern social theory: an introduction - Austin Harrington 2005

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    7. Understanding social theory - Derek Layder c2006

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    8. Social theory: the multicultural and classic readings - Charles C. Lemert 2010

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    9. Postmodernity - David Lyon 1999

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    10. Sociology after postmodernism - David Owen 1996

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    11. The Polity reader in social theory 1994

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    12. Social theory for beginners - Paul Ransome 2010

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    13. Contested knowledge: social theory in the postmodern era - Steven Seidman 1998

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    14. Key sociological thinkers - Rob Stones 2008

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  2. Some relevant Journals 14 items
  3. Weekly reading lists 156 items
    All SET READINGS are available electronically
    1. Week 1: Theory as a toolbox 1 item
      1. There is no required reading for the first week, but do remember to complete all subsequent readings in advance of the class, and make some notes to discuss in the seminar.

    2. Week 2: Discourse and the 'Cultural turn' 9 items
      1. Post-structuralism: a very short introduction - Catherine Belsey 2002

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      2. Derrida for beginners - Jeff Collins, Bill Mayblin 1996

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      3. Formations of modernity - Stuart Hall, Bram Gieben 1992

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      4. Cultural theory and popular culture: a reader - John Storey, John Storey 2009

        Book Further See the chapter by Stuart Hall called 'The West and the Rest: Discourse and Power' and the chapter by Chris Weedon called 'Feminism and the Principles of Poststructuralism'

      5. A Foucault primer: discourse, power and the subject - A.W. McHoul, Wendy Grace 1995

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      6. Discourse - Sara Mills 2004

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      7. An introductory guide to post-structuralism and postmodernism - Madan Sarup 1993

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      8. Derrida - Christopher Norris 1987

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      9. Cultural theory and popular culture: a reader - John Storey, John Storey 2009

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    3. Week 3: Post-structuralism and identity: feminist debates 16 items
      1. Differences that matter: feminist theory and postmodernism - Sara Ahmed 1998

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      2. Feminist epistemologies - Linda Alcoff, Elizabeth Potter 1993

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      3. Gender trouble: feminism and the subversion of identity - Judith P. Butler 1999, c1990

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      4. Black feminist thought: knowledge, consciousness, and the politics of empowerment - Patricia Hill Collins 2000

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      5. Essentially speaking: feminism, nature & difference - Diana Fuss 1989

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      6. Feminist knowledge: critique and construct - Sneja Gunew 1990

        Book Further See chapter by E. Grosz 'A note on essentialism and difference'

      7. Simians, cyborgs, and women: the re-invention of nature - Donna Jeanne Haraway 1991

        Book Further See chapter called 'situated knowledges'

      8. Whose science? Whose knowledge?: thinking from women's lives - Sandra Harding 1991

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      9. Gender: a sociological reader - Stevi Jackson, Sue Scott 2002

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      10. Feminism/postmodernism - Linda J. Nicholson 1990

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      11. The Cambridge companion to Foucault - Gary Gutting 1994

        Book Further See chapter on Foucault by Sawicki

      12. Feminists theorize the political - Judith P. Butler, Joan Wallach Scott 1992

        Book Further See chapter by L. Singer 'Feminism and Postmodernism'

    4. Week 4: Postcolonial and decolonial theory 19 items
      1. Worlds and knowledge otherwise - Arturo Escobar 2007-3

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      2. Provincializing Europe: postcolonial thought and historical difference - Dipesh Chakrabarty 2008

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      3. Theory from the south: or, How Euro-America is evolving toward Africa - Jean Comaroff, John L. Comaroff c2012

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      4. Southern theory: the global dynamics of knowledge in social science - Raewyn Connell 2007

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      5. Black skin, white masks - Frantz Fanon 1986, c1967

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      6. Postcolonial theory: a critical introduction - Leela Gandhi c1998

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      7. DELINKING - Walter Mignolo 2007-3

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      8. See also other articles in the special issue of Cultural Studies 21 (2-3) on 'Globalization and the De-Colonial Option'

      9. Can the subaltern speak?: reflections on the history of an idea - Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Rosalind C. Morris c2010

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      10. Globalizations - B. de Sousa Santos 01/05/2006

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      11. Marxism and the interpretation of culture - Cary Nelson, Lawrence Grossberg c1988

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      12. The rise of the global left: the World Social Forum and beyond - Boaventura de Sousa Santos 2006 (electronic resource)

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      13. Decolonizing methodologies: research and indigenous peoples - Linda Tuhiwai Smith 2006, c1999

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    5. Week 5: Mediatization 21 items
      1. Mediatization of culture and society - Stig Prof Hjarvard 2013 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential Introduction, pp. 1-7

      2. Media, society, world: social theory and digital media practice - Nick Couldry 2012

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      3. The mediated construction of reality - Nick Couldry, Andreas Hepp 2017

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      4. Approaches to audiences: a reader - Roger Dickinson, Olga Linné, Ramaswami Harindranath 1998

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      5. The cultural studies reader - Simon During 2007

        Book Further See S. Hall's 'Encoding and Decoding'

      6. Media audiences - Marie Gillespie 2005

        Book Further See S. Livingstone's 'Media audiences, interpreters and users'

      7. Cultures of mediatization - Andreas Hepp c2013 (electronic resource)

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      8. Mediatization of culture and society - Stig Prof Hjarvard 2013 (electronic resource)

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      9. Understanding media: the extensions of man - Marshall McLuhan 2001, c1964

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      10. The media and modernity: a social theory of the media - John B. Thompson 1995

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      11. Conceptualizing mediatization : contexts, traditions, arguments - Nick Couldry, Andreas Hepp 08/2013

        Article Further See also other articles on mediatization in Communication Theory 23(3) (Special issue on Conceptualizing Mediatization)

      12. Misunderstanding the internet - James Curran, Natalie Fenton, Des Freedman 2012 (electronic resource)

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      13. Why study the media? - Roger Silverstone 1999 (electronic resource)

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      14. A geology of media - Jussi Parikka 2015

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      15. Mediatization: concept, changes, consequences - Knut Lundby 2009

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      16. The SAGE handbook of sociology - Craig J. Calhoun, Chris Rojek, Bryan S. Turner 2005 (electronic resource)

        Book Further Silverstone, R. (2005) The sociology of mediation and communication. In: Calhoun, C., Rojek, C. and Turner, B., (eds.) The Sage Handbook of Sociology. SAGE Publications, London, UK, pp. 188-207.

    6. Week 7: Spectacle, simulation & hyperreality 18 items
      1. " Simulacra and Simulations" from Selected writings - Jean Baudrillard, Mark Poster 2001

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      2. You could also take a look at these two stories if you need some help getting your head around Baudrillard's ideas:

         

        http://tinyurl.com/hyperreality   http://tinyurl.com/hyperreality1

      3. Selected writings - Jean Baudrillard, Mark Poster 2001

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      4. Postmodern theory: critical interrogations - Steven Best, Douglas Kellner 1991

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      5. Adapting philosophy: Jean Baudrillard and The matrix trilogy - Catherine Constable 2009

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      6. Society of the spectacle - Guy Debord 2009

        Book Further A copyright free translation of Debord’s text is available via: http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Society_of_the_Spectacle

      7. Postmodernism: a reader - Thomas Docherty 1993

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      8. Baudrillard live: selected interviews - Michael Gane 1993

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      9. Introducing Baudrillard - Chris Horrocks, Zoran Jevtic, Richard Appignanesi 1999

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      10. Jean Baudrillard: from Marxism to postmodernism and beyond - Douglas Kellner 1989

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      11. Baudrillard: a critical reader - Douglas Kellner 1994

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      12. Jean Baudrillard: from Marxism to postmodernism and beyond - Douglas Kellner 1989

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      13. Jean Baudrillard - Richard J. Lane c2009

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      14. Cultural Studies - Volume 22, Issue 5 2008

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      15. Postmodernist culture: an introduction to theories of the contemporary - Steven Connor, NetLibrary, Inc 1997 (electronic resource)

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    7. Week 8: Lifestyle, class & consumer culture 24 items
      1. " Capital, class and consumer culture" from Consumer culture - Celia Lury 2011

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      2. The consumer society: myths and structures - Jean Baudrillard 1998

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      3. Liquid life - Zygmunt Bauman 2005

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      4. The uses of cultural studies: a textbook - Angela McRobbie 2005

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      5. The shopping experience - Pasi Falk, Colin Campbell 1997

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      6. Consumer culture and postmodernism - Mike Featherstone 2007

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      7. The rebel sell: how the counterculture became consumer culture - Joseph Heath, Andrew Potter 2006

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      8. Postmodernism and consumer society - Jameson, F 1985

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      9. The consumer society reader - Martyn J. Lee 2000

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      10. Radical consumption: shopping for change in contemporary culture - Jo Littler 2009

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      11. Consumer culture - Celia Lury 2011

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      12. Cool capitalism - Jim McGuigan 2009 (electronic resource)

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      13. Critical rhetorics of race - Michael G. Lacy, Kent A. Ono 2011

        Book Further See Chapter on 'Bling Fling' by R. Mukherjee

      14. The uses of cultural studies: a textbook - Angela McRobbie 2005

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      15. Bling Fling: commodity Consumption and The politics of the Post-Racial In Critical rhetorics of race - Michael G. Lacy, Kent A. Ono 2011

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      16. Consumption and everyday life - Hugh Mackay, Open University 1997

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      17. Consuming race - Ben Pitcher 2014 (electronic resource)

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      18. Lifestyle shopping: the subject of consumption - Rob Shields 1992

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      19. Consuming places - John Urry 1995

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      20. Be creative: making a living in the new culture industries - Angela McRobbie 2016

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      21. Commodity activism: cultural resistance in neoliberal times - Roopali Mukherjee, Sarah Banet-Weiser c2012

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    8. Week 9: Neoliberalism and neoliberal subjectivity 27 items
      1. Profit over people: neoliberalism and global order - Noam Chomsky c1999

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      2. The strange non-death of neoliberalism - Colin Crouch 2011

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      3. The twilight of equality: neoliberalism, cultural politics, and the attack on democracy - Lisa Duggan 2003

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      4. A brief history of neoliberalism - David Harvey 2007 (electronic resource)

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      5. New femininities: postfeminism, neoliberalism, and subjectivity - Rosalind Gill, Christina Scharff c2011 (electronic resource)

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      6. The making of the indebted man: an essay on the neoliberal condition - M. Lazzarato, Joshua David Jordan 2012

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      7. The aftermath of feminism: gender, culture and social change - Angela McRobbie 2009

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      8. Cognitive capitalism - Yann Moulier Boutang, Ed Emery c2011

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      9. Commodity activism: cultural resistance in neoliberal times - Roopali Mukherjee, Sarah Banet-Weiser c2012

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      10. Cognitive capitalism, education, and digital labor - Michael Peters, Ergin Bulut c2011

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      11. Desiring China: experiments in neoliberalism, sexuality, and public culture - Lisa Rofel 2007

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      12. Neoliberalism: a critical reader - Alfredo Saad-Filho, Deborah Johnston 2005

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      13. Punishing the poor: the neoliberal government of social insecurity - Loïc J. D. Wacquant 2009

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      14. Reality TV: remaking television culture - Susan Murray, Laurie Ouellette c2009

        Book Further See "take responsibility for yourself" Ouellette

      15. Television culture - John Fiske 1989

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      16. Regulating the abject - Jessica Ringrose, Valerie Walkerdine 09/2008

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      17. Banking on words: the failure of language in the age of derivative finance - Arjun Appadurai 2016

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    9. Week 10: Theories of space and time 21 items
      1. " A Global sense of place" from Space, place and gender - Doreen Massey 1994

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      2. Henri Lefebvre: spatial politics, everyday life and the right to the city - Chris Butler 2012

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      3. Planet of slums - Mike Davis 2007

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      4. The postmodern urban condition - M. J. Dear 2000

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      5. In a queer time and place: transgender bodies, subcultural lives - Judith Halberstam c2005

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      6. Urban politics now: re-imagining democracy in the neoliberal city - Nicholas Lakides, BAVO., Jan van Eyck Akademie c2007

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      7. Economies of signs and space - Scott Lash, John Urry 1994

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      8. Rethinking architecture: a reader in cultural theory - Neil Leach 1997

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      9. Henri Lefebvre: key writings - Henri Lefebvre, Stuart Elden, Elizabeth Lebas, Eleonore Kofman 2003

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      10. For space - Doreen Massey 2005

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      11. World city - Doreen Massey 2007

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      12. Consuming cities - Steven Miles, Malcolm Miles 2004

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      13. Media, place and mobility - Shaun Moores 2012

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      14. Mapping cultures: place, practice, performance - Les Roberts 2012 (electronic resource)

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      15. Cities and urban cultures - Deborah Stevenson 2003

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      16. Imagining cities: scripts, signs, memory - John Williams, Sallie Westwood 1997

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      17. Stone: an ecology of the inhuman - Jeffrey Jerome Cohen 2015

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