Hvor går grænsen for demokratiets rummelighed?

Irena Mozil Dillon, Anna Bølling-Ladegaard, Maiken Vibe Gericke Le Fevre Honore Bauer, Jonas Munk Pedersen & Martine Søs Lind

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project investigates the political discourse of democracy and its perceived threat in Denmark thorough two cases, revolving around political debates concerning terrorism and citizenship. The two empirical cases analysed are the Copenhagen­shooting of february 15th 2015, committed by Omar El­Hussein; and the citizenship­debate that unfolded throughout october 2015 in the media and general political debate. Both cases are framed as speeches, articles or debates involving elected politicians, as they relate to the events and its impact on the Danish democracy. By applying Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe’s discourse theory of 1985, the project seeks to deconstruct and analyse discourses which seeks to construct and categorise not only the Danish democracy and the threats posed by terrorism and anti­democratic ideologies, but also how these discourses construct and position articulated subject positions in antagonistic relations. By identifying these discourses, the project will then use Laclau and Mouffe’s theory to discuss the occurrence of hegemonic discourses within political discourses of democracy. As the final instalment, the project will further discuss the analytic findings by incorporating theoretical concepts from the slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek, in an attempt to broaden the understanding of the purposes and implications of the political discourse on terrorism and citizenship in a Danish context.

UddannelserKultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato16 dec. 2015
VejledereNaja Vucina Pedersen


  • demokrati
  • statsborgerskab
  • terror
  • Zizek
  • Laclau
  • Mouffe
  • diskurs
  • hegemoni