Discourses of Unemployment in Denmark

Kristine Kirkegaard Thomsen & Daniel Frank Christensen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project investigates questions of discursive hegemony and counter-hegemony in a series of articles from the Danish public media debate, and from articulations of official party politics found on party web sites and press statements. The theory and method of the project has been derived from the work of Ernesto Laclau, Chantal Mouffe, and Birgitta Frello. The project’s primary theoretical concepts are: articulation, subject-position, hegemony, and counter-hegemony. After conducting our analysis, we were able to state the presence of two pervasive hegemonies: ‘unemployment as a problem’ and ‘work constructs and influences identity. Through a discussion we clarified how the various discourses interact and how the positioning of the unemployed subject is used in legitimizing solutions for the ‘problem of unemployment’.

UddannelserKultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato15 jun. 2015
VejledereChristian Groes-Green


  • Hegemony
  • Laclau
  • Denmark
  • Mouffe
  • Unemployed
  • Unemployment
  • Frello