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COPENHAGEN: Peter Schultz Jørgensen: The showdown about Copenhagen
Have you been so busy turning the city of the unemployed into a well-paid taxpayer town that you overlooked that those with ordinary jobs could not afford to live in the new neighborhoods?

The capitalist world of images

PHOTO: Kevin Coleman, Daniel James: Capitalism and the Camera: Essays on Photography and Extraction
Is it possible that anti-capitalist expressions are reduced to insignificant gestures and instead become symbols of the immediate consumption of social media?

The marketization of China's economy

CHINA: Harriet Evans: Beijing from Below. Stories of Marginal Lives in the Capital'sCenter
On the edge of the republic, the cultural revolution and market capitalism: Beijing from Below provides a unique insight into China of today – through life stories belonging to the urban people who have not found a place in either official history or official economic progress.

China's urban development

TOWN PLANNING: Jeffrey Johnson, Cressica Brazier, Tat Lam: China Lab Guide to Megablock Urbanism
The eco-city is part of the innovation in China. From block, super block to mega block and eco block? Here we get an analysis of the years after Deng Xiaoping's "reform and openness policy".

If Skinner had been alive today, he would have worked for Facebook

FASCISM: Marta Peirano: El enemigo conoce el sistema (The enemy knows the system)
The complex consequences of fascism spread through false news, attacks on privacy, mass surveillance and disintegrating democracies. People manipulate ideas and influence the attention economy – helped by dopamine. ws book is scary, yet necessary about the world we live in.

The hangover of colonialism

AFRICA: Abdulrazak Gurnah: afterlives
What is civilization, what is belonging, how much can a human being endure, and who are the wild, the heartless?

A shaky diagnosis of a disillusioned youth

DIAGNOSIS: Alain Bertho: Age of Violence. The Crisis of Political Action and the End of Utopia
Does hope lead to disappointment and desperation to terror? With Alain Bertho, we can talk about a presentism, ie a lasting present, without past or future.

In the hands of the state?

DIGITALIZATION: Hilde Nagell: Digital revolution
Who has the right to move "freely" on the digital highways, and who is waved to the side by the police or the state intelligence service because their data profile appears on the radar?

Skin braiding of the tale of modern slavery

THE RESCUE INDUSTRY: Emily Kenway: The Truth About Modern Slavery
It is not only the others who are being exploited. Politicians, trade unionists and philanthropists are falling over each other in the fight against modern slavery.

Why this photo book?

BUENOS AIRES: Krass Clement: Metrovia
The city has an intensity on every street corner that seduces even the most hurried visitor. Does the book disappoint for its stereotypical and mediocre photographs?

The increasingly extensive brutality of the police

VIOLENCE: Contributions by Elsa Dorlin, Jérôme Floch, Jérôme Baschet, Serge Quadruppani, le Collectif Matsuda, Irene, Guy Lerouge, Mathieu Rigouste: Defy the police, Police domination
"Security" is a highly profitable industry in which large French private arms manufacturers are increasingly developing and selling security technologies – stun guns, tear gas, water cannons, lightning grenades and drones. Two new books look at French police violence and brutality.

The adrenaline rush and the electrified human being

MODERNITY: Tristan Garcia: The intense life. A modern obsession
The selfish pursuit of new extremes and the experience of the present has become a worrying symptom of a modern world in serious strays. An anxiety for the break and the space?

Young adults from the most conflict-ridden areas in the world

REFUGEES: Shilan Ahmadian, Ingeborg Aspfors-Sveen, Camilla Bruu Næsmo: Stories about escape
These are heartbreaking and shocking stories – despite the fact that they appear toned down and without excessive dramatization.

When nature abuse becomes normal

CERTIFIED ORGANIC: Nina Ossavy, Marius Kolbeinstvedt: True to Nature Edited
Naturtro opens with a journey through a Norway that has been taken over by wind farms and salmon farms. Has the weathering of nature become a normalized violence – in line with the logic of colonialism?

Corner posts, clues or bearing points

PICTURE ART: Kjetil Røed: Art and death. A usermanual
Can art function as a correction to discrimination, self-denial and self-contempt? And can an "instruction manual" be a beautiful event in Norwegian non-fiction?

To care about future generations

PHILOSOPHY: Roman Krznaric, translator Rune E. Moen: How to think long-term – in a short-term world
Having your head full of thoughts is not the same as thinking. To think means to concentrate the power of thought in special directions – as the long-term consequences of one's own actions…