Being the ‘Other’ from the Faroe Islands

Grace Elizabeth Hansen, Ramona Nest & Linda Uljala

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


In this project the question; how does the notion of 'otherness' influence the homosexual identity management of individuals from the Faroe Islands, is examined with a social constructionist perspective. The theory of heteronormativity and its consequences are discussed and applied to the Faroe Islands. Also, the idea of 'otherness' in the context of the dichotomy between heterosexuality and homosexuality is discussed as well as ways in which homosexual identities can be managed through heteronormativity and 'otherness'. In order to explore this problem a focus group was conducted. The analysis address issues such as, religion on the Faroe Islands, internal struggles, and being alone as the 'other'. Rather than a theoretical conclusion, a description of the findings is presented. Throughout the analysis is becomes clear that the three theories presented are interconnected and each theory is able to give a picture into what life is like for homosexuals growing up on the Faroe Islands. Furthermore, this project can easily be used as groundwork for further study. This project as well as the transcript could be used to further examine the gender roles on the Faroe Islands and how LGBT individuals are affected by them. It could also be a platform to further examine the political and social movements on the islands.

UddannelserKultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato9 jan. 2014
VejledereAstrid Andersen


  • sexual identity
  • Heteronormativity
  • Otherness
  • homosexualtity
  • Faroe Islands
  • LGBT