Natasha Fabricius Baltz, Sarah Barskov, Pernille Mette Damsgaard, Onur Kinisiz, Natascha Louise Larsen, Jacob Skovgård Olsen & Sofie Mathilde Westh

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project examines the so-called ‘Frikadellekrig’, which was a domineering debate in the media in Denmark in the summer of 2013. The main focus is to examine how the Danish rissole (frikadelle) was debated. Through an analysis of four articles the project takes particular notice of the different opinions in the debate. Frikadellekrigen is a ‘war’ between the people who seek to serve pork in the public institutions in Denmark and those who want to serve halal in favor of a religious minority. Through a thorough analysis of the language used in the articles it is made clear how people speak of the rissole as a national value, a national symbol even. Furthermore the project examines why the need to defend the rissole as a national symbol occurs in the imagined community, which is Anderson’s definition of a nation. Those who feel strongly attached to the rissole, based on the theories of Anthony Giddens, are people who feel anxious due to the changing society and lack of traditions. They struggle to create their identities and they cling to the things they know. Based on Zygmunt Bauman’s theories concerning cloakroom communities, the project concludes that those who feel the need to defend the rissole get together and form a short-term but forceful solidarity. Gerd Baumann’s two cultural discourses are discussed in order to characterize the multicultural tendencies in Denmark. The Western media’s coverage of the Muslim problem creates an idea of the need to protect national values such as the rissole.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato14 jan. 2014


  • globalisering
  • identity
  • frikadellekrig
  • nationalism
  • Anderson