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Ketil Fred Hansen

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

Italy's fifth mafia

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

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

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.

Politically correct porn book on French oppression

KOLONISEX: Middle-class porn or a welcome new look at sexual relations during the colonial era? That is the question of critics of the French magnificent Sexe, race et colonies.

Decolonize feminism!

FEMI imperialism: The feminists of the West have to look up and see that with their own struggles they are holding fellow sisters down, is the message of French state scientist Françoise Vergès' new and well-written book.

More than sun and heat

MIGRATION: Uneven book about people who move with a desire for a better life, but encounter problems when they move "home" again.

A world in stable motion

In 2018, the Collège de France established its own professorship in migration studies. Francois Héran was chosen to fill it, and the book Migrations et sociétés is an extended version of his accession lecture.

"It is 'you whites' who have created 'us blacks'"

AFRICAN FUTURE FAITH: "It is false to strive for justice 'at home' if one constantly exploits 'over there'," writes one of the contributors in a new anthology on Africa.

Politics, spirituality and religion under the sun of Africa

Religion gets too much room in analyzes of African conflicts, states state scientist Jean-François Bayart.