Tag Archives: Norway

Norwegian salafi-jihadis and ‘counter-radicalization’ in Norway reconsidered

For the past two years, I have as a researcher collected data on ‘counter-radicalization’ policies in Norway for an international and trans-disciplinary research project funded by the Norwegian Research Council (NRC) through its SAMKUL Programme. Entitled ‘Muslim Diversity and Governance of Islam’ and co-ordinated by the political scientist Olav Elgvin at Fafo Institute For Social […]

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Forthcoming title: Anthropology in our Times

The autumn of 2016 will see the publication of my edited anthology Anthropology in Our Times: From a Series in Public Anthropology on Palgrave MacMillan (New York and London. With an introduction by me and a preface by Prof Thomas Hylland Eriksen, the volume is based on a series in public anthropology featuring leading international scholars […]

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Hate Speech: The Dark Twin Of Free Speech

Freedom of opinion is a farce, unless factual information is guaranteed, and the facts themselves are not in dispute. Hannah Arendt, ‘Truth and politics’, 1966. On October 20 2014, an unemployed fifty-seven year old white Norwegian man entered a supermarket in an Eastern suburb of the Norwegian capital of Oslo. Walking through the supermarket, he […]

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Presentation at Princeton University, Oct 2, 2015

THE RELATION OF FEAR AND PHOBIA TO SOCIAL INTEGRATION Presentation  for Conference on Xenophobia and Social Integration at the Institute For Advanced Studies (IAS)/Princeton Institute For International and Regional Studies (PIIRS), Princeton University, Oct 1 to 3 2015. Given by Sindre Bangstad (cand. Polit., PhD in Anthropology), Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo, Norway at Aaron Burr […]

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Free speech and its others…again

It was not by making yourself heard, but by staying sane that you carried on the human heritage. George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949). And so then, the inevitable blog post on this month’s heinous terrorist attacks on the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, and the subsequent attack on a Jewish supermarket in Paris, […]

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Public sphere theories revisited

The following is excerpted from my forthcoming monograph (2015). Michael Warner has referred to the “endlessly repeated discovery that public politics does not in fact conform to the idealized self-understanding which makes it work.” Jürgen Habermas’ The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere which was first published in German in 1962 has been central to […]

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Hate speech, the letter and the law

This month has seen the publication of the very first primer on hate speech in my native Norway. Associate Professor Anne Birgitta Nilsen’s (Oslo and Akershus University College, Norway) primer is of particular value in that it addresses hate speech, its social, political and legal implications in a short and succinct form which makes the book’s […]

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Racism 2.0

This year (2014) has seen the publication of two extraordinarily important academic monographs on racism – its histories and legacies. In drafting a primer on racism entitled Hva er rasisme? [What is racism?] due out for publication in Norwegian with Universitetsforlaget in Oslo (a main academic publisher in Norway) in early 2015 in a series […]

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