Danmarks kolonitid stoppede aldrig - Et studie af neokoloniale repræsentationer i det dansk-grønlandske forhold: Et studie af neokoloniale repræsentationer i det dansk-grønlandske forhold

Charlotte Juul Olsson, Lasse Ringø Hansen & Kirsten Skovlund Asmussen

Studenteropgave: Speciale


This thesis examines how the neocolonial relationship between Greenland and Denmark is expressed through different representations across an economic, political, and cultural sphere, and how it affects negotiations of independence and responsibility for the relationship. By using Stuart Hall’s discursive approach to representation the thesis analyzes a debate sparked by a newly documentary about Greenland, interviews with the two Greenlandic representatives in the danish parliament and presentations and debates to the Greenlandic Business Days. By using Kwame Nkrumah’s understanding of neocolonialism, Frantz Fanon’s and Lars Jensens’ conceptualization of the vocabulary of colonialism and of resistance and Hall’s take on neoliberalism, the thesis arrive to the conclusion that the representations used can be understood as a reproduction of danish colonial consideration-discourse which safeguards danish interests with new variations due to context. Where responsibility is negotiated in multiple ways in the cultural- and political spheres there is no negotiation in the economic sphere since there is largely discursive consensus that makes the Greenlandic parties the source of the problems in the struggle for economic independence. The use of neoliberal economic language makes it possible to reproduce the uneven relationship in a new form where it is no longer problematic to the relationship that Denmark is profiting from the relation.
With the notion of ‘neocolonialism’ rather than ‘postcolonialism’ this thesis offers a Danish self-criticism that does not try to blur a lasting unequal relationship in which Denmark still has the final word. It shows that Danish imperialism has transformed itself and looks essentially different today than before, but still living at its best.

UddannelserKultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato2 jan. 2019
Antal sider99
VejledereBjörn Hakon Lingner


  • Neokolonialisme
  • repræsentationer
  • Grønland
  • Danmark-Grønland
  • kolonialisme
  • diskurs