Frygt og Fjendtlighed i Dannevang

Henrik Skaaning

Studenteropgave: Speciale


In the following pages you will be able to find the thesis-report “Fear and Loathing in Denmark”; The thesis report consists of a Discourse analysis based on the work of Laclau and Mouffe; The discourse analysis will be focused on understanding to what extent the Danish government (2018) tries to tie its proposals for concrete politics in the field of refugees, immigrant and migration to discourses related to protecting democracy and danishness, through a radicalization of the distinction between the threatened dane and the threatening non-western figure. The analysis finds that the Danish government indeed tries to relate its policies to a picture of the non-western immigrant as inherently problematic and threatening; while the Dane is connected, mostly, to positive signifiers such as democracy, freedom and equality. The analysis also finds that the discourse of the government results in ambivalent picture of the non-western immigrant; while such a person could theoretically become Danish, could theoretically be a good colleague; this acceptance is based solely on the non-western immigrants willingness to adapt to so called, Danish values, customs and ways of life (that are however never explained in detail). The analysis finds that this nebulous picture of the threatening non-western immigrant, radicalizes the antagonism and distinction between non-western immigrant and Dane, leads to increased suspicion directed towards the non-western immigrant, increased interference in the daily lives of non-western immigrants and even in some cases violent assault by Danes who feel called to defend society against the threat of the non-western immigrants. In conclusion this development threatens the safety and security of certain non-western persons in the public sphere, while at the same time slowly eroding the foundations of the pluralism built into the Danish welfare state.

UddannelserSocialvidenskab, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato11 dec. 2018
Antal sider72
VejledereAllan Dreyer Hansen


  • Udlændingepolitik
  • Diskurser
  • Danskhed
  • Laclau
  • Mouffes
  • Højrepopulisme