Grønlændere før og nu - en repræsentationsanalyse

Cecilie Fernandez

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This report investigates how historical discourses and representations of the Greenlandic people can be seen in contemporary representations of the Greenlanders in social policy regarding social vulnerable Greenlanders in Denmark. The analysis has an historical and contemporary part. The historical material is 2 two texts from 1866-71 and 1877 by the inspector of South Greenland and director of the Royal Danish Trade Company, H.J. Rink, who played an important role in the development of Greenland and Danish administration. The contemporary text is a brochure (2010) concerning projects about social vulnerable Greenlanders in Denmark. The material is analyzed trough theoretical reflections inspired by the postcolonial theorists Stuart Hall and Edward Said especially regarding the concept of orientalism, representations and the construction of identities. The report concludes that historically there has been an understanding of an essential Greenlandic identity and culture with an emphasis on the profession as kayak hunters and close relation to nature which clashes with the modern world. The contemporary material emphasizes the need to focus on the individual instead of the cultural inheritance but reproduces the stereotypical representation of the Greenlander as child of nature and the cultural background as part of the reason for social problems.

UddannelserKultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato9 jun. 2011
VejledereTore Elias Harsløf Holst


  • Danmark
  • H.J. Rink
  • Edward Said
  • dansk administration
  • repræsentationer
  • Stuart Hall
  • grønlændere
  • diskurs