Fear and Re-Bordering

Kasper Otto Dam Hansen, Josephine Broe, Sebastian Lærkeholm Pedersen, Barbora Novomeská, Emma Margon Prip & Laura Vangsted Bæk

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This paper examines how different notions of fear play a role in the explanation of contemporary re-bordering in the U.S. We experience a tendency of re-bordering around the world in recent history, in which fear and anxiety invariably act as catalysts; that a tendency of rising fear and re-bordering happens through circular causation. Through an exposition of the concepts of fear and culture combined with an analysis of the inauguration speeches by George W. Bush and Donald J. Trump in 2001 and 2016 respectively, our intention is to demonstrate in which aspects these concepts influence contemporary re-bordering. As a result of implementing our chosen theories regarding these concepts, and an analysis of their interrelation, we found that culture, nations, groups and identity are founded as well as continuously shaped by notions of fear and anxiety. We conclude that these notions are used in political speeches in order to enhance unity through nationalism; consequently, fear and anxiety acts both as tools of unification and separation.

UddannelserBasis - International Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato18 dec. 2017
VejledereErik Bendtsen