Danskhed på formel?

Mads Nielsen, Mathias Henriksen, Lin Gyldenkærne & Silla Løndal Simonsen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


In this project we study Danish nationalism compared to the Danish citizenship-test. More accurate we expose the general discourse about ‘danishness’(Danish identity) through focus group interviews and compares the results with how Danish identity is articulated in the citizenship-test’s 40 questions. We describes through a discourse analyze based on theory by Laclau and Mouffe, how Danish identity in our interviews is understood as being something very vague, varied and indefinite. Moreover we study their opinion about the citizen-test, and how their discourse both sees testing citizen-applicants as problematic but also how their discourse legitimize demands for new members of the Danish society. This project ends with a critical discussion of the citizenship-test and the political decision it represents, based on the knowledge we have about the Danish discourse, through which Danish identity and the citizen-test are articulated. Habermas and his normative ideal, the ‘supremacy free dialog’ supplements the critical discussion, plus we discuss how his idea of a ‘communicative paradigm‘ is illustrated through our observations of the Danish citizen’s approach to ‘danishness’ compared to the political legislation.

UddannelserBasis - Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato29 maj 2013


  • Discourse
  • Nationalism