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N. Polat, “Poststructuralism, absence, mimesis: Making difference, reproducing sovereignty,” EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, pp. 447–477, 1998, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: