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Articles should follow this order:

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Formatting the reference list

Benkov, Laura

  1. Reinventing the Family: Emerging stories of lesbian and gay parents. New York: Crown Publishers.


Co-authored book
Casarino, Cesare and Antonio Negri

2008 In Praise of the Common: A conversation on philosophy and politics. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.


Edited book

Faircloth, Charlotte, Diane M. Hoffman and Linda L. Layne, eds

  1. Parenting in Global Perspective: Negotiating ideologies of kinship, self and politics. London: Routledge.


Chekhov, Anton

  1. The Plays of Anton Chekhov. Translated by Paul Schmidt. New York: Harper Collins.

Chapter in an edited book

Segalen, Martine

  1. The Shift in Kinship Studies in France: The case of grandparenting. In Relative Values: Reconfiguring kinship studies, edited by Sarah Franklin and Susan McKinnon, 246-73. Durham, NC: Duke University Press


Terrell, John and Judith Modell

  1. Anthropology and Adoption. American Anthropologist 96(1): 155-61.


Online source

Chekero, Tamuka and Fiona C. Ross

  1. ‘On paper’ and ‘having papers’: Migrants navigating medical xenophobia and obstetric rights in South Africa. Somatosphere. October 25


The Ministry of Justice.

 n.d. Constitutional Issues and Human Rights. Accessed 13 May 2017 from


Fabish, Rachael

  1. 2015. Black Rainbow: Stories of Māori and Pākehā working across difference. PhD dissertation. Victoria University of Wellington.

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