Dem, der gør det anderledes - Dansk-uganderes italesættelse af homoseksualitet

Anne Kidmose Jensen, Catrine Gangergaard Nielsen, Maria Dalum Møller, Rebecca Nansamba, Rikke Emkjær & Sigrid Vedel Neuhaus

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


Abstract This project was aimed to investigate how homosexuality is articulated by Danish-Ugandans in a transnational perspective. With a starting point in Spradley’s theory about the ethnographic interview, we completed four interviews. With Schiller and Wimmer’s critic of methodological nationalism and Beck’s theory of the cosmopolitan perspective in mind we found four different analytical themes. Those were disease, conceptions of the West, gender roles and cultural understanding. We found that disease and homosexuality were linked together in different ways in the informants’ statements and that aids played an important role in the disease perspective. In the analytical theme about the West we found that some of the informants articulated homosexuality as something un-African and thereby of Western origin. We then focused on the words the informants used to describe homosexuality – and found four different words that all had connotations of uncleanness, promiscuity, the public and the unfamiliar. In the third analytical theme, gender roles, we found that there was a tendency among our male informants to watch homosexuality from a heteronormative way of thinking: they tried to get the homosexuals to fit into the traditional heteronormative framework. In the fourth theme about cultural understanding we argued that the Danish-Ugandans’ cultural understanding had an impact on how they articulated homosexuality. In the discussion we discussed if the transnational perspective was equal to an essentialistic view. We argued that the informants in some cases had moved beyond the container society-point of view and in other cases still linked the culture as something bound to the nation. We also discussed the connection between homophobia, aidsphobia and the West. We found that maybe the homophobia is not really a fear of homosexuals but what it is associated to; promiscuity, aids and death.

UddannelserKultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato19 jun. 2013
VejledereChristian Groes-Green


  • Uganda, Homoseksualitet, Transnationalisme, Kosmopolitisme, Nationalisme, Aids