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Ketil Fred Hansen

Hansen is a professor of social sciences at UiS and a regular reviewer at Ny Tid.

Political propaganda, role mixing and politicians – Mussolini, Franco, Hitler, Pinochet, Gaddafi, Erdogan….

Clément Fayol, Ruth Ben-Ghiat: These French from the foreign service, Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present
DICTATORS: It is your network of contacts that shows who you are and that gives you a job.

Divorce is as common in Niger as in Norway

Alhassane A. Najoum: The conjugal ruptures in Muslim sub-Saharan Africa
COMMUNITY BREACH: It is expensive to get married in Niger even though the bride price varies, and in the event of divorce, women are obliged to pay back the bride price.

Democracy in French-speaking Africa

Leonardo Villalon, Rahmane Idrissa (ed.): Democratic Struggle, Institutional Reform, and State Resilience in the African Sahel
SAHEL IN ENGLISH: France has strangely managed to preserve the hegemony over its former colonies, including in the dissemination of knowledge. This book is a much needed exception, which provides the background for understanding the recent coup in Mali.

Raw, naked and masculine

Achille Mbembe: brutalism
RACISM? Before, it was the Baroque who seduced Mbembe, now it's brutalism – used as an analytical breakthrough to understand Africa and its relationship to Europe.

Flashy Norwegian-supported consumption in Africa

Deborah Posel and Ilana van Wyk (eds.): Conspicuous consumption in Africa
CONSUMPTION AND CORRUPTION: We haven't heard much about Luanda Leaks in Norway. Perhaps because it is embarrassing that Statoil paid NOK 420 million to a non-existent research center owned by Angola's state oil company Sonangol, where Isabel dos Santos was the director until she was fired in November 2017?

A Norwegian in Naples

CROWN: The piazza is empty and the pizzerias are closed, but the Neapolitan (above) lives.

Italy's fifth mafia

Leonardo Palmisano: Ascia nera. La brutal intelligence della mafia nigeriana
HUMAN TRAFFICKING: The Nigerian mafia is smuggling both people and drugs. Threats, violence and voodoo rituals are used to force girls into prostitution.

Crises are good store

Baz Lecocq, Amy Niang: Identity societies and temps of crisis
AFRICA: A great many consultants and mission researchers have made good money on the crises in the belt that stretches across Africa. Sahel has become important not only for Norway, but also for the EU and the US.

Freedom of expression, extremism and the role of the media

Elisabeth Eide, Kristin Skare Orgeret, Nil Mutluer: Transnational Othering – Global Diversities Media, Extremism and Free Expression
DIFFERENCE: An anthology that addresses important topics such as freedom of speech, globalization, extremism, minorities and inequality in the world, but many of the authors want too much.