This project takes its theoretical starting in Francis Fukuyamas thoughts about the spread of identity politics as well as Axel Honneths theory of recognition. The following projects problem statement is: Why does the individual join a group related to identity politics such as Black Lives Matter Den-mark?
Hence the aim is to examine the motivations of individuals to join the identity group Black Lives Matter Denmark. This investigation is important due to that real people’s sense of injustices is at stake. Furthermore, Fukuyama regards identity politics as a threat to democracy as well as a strong national feeling.
Interviews were conducted with two members of Black Lives Matter in order to find their reasons and motives for joining the group. By analyzing our transcriptions, we reached five main topics for joining Black Lives Matter Denmark which are: 1) differential treatment 2) community and affiliation 3) appreciation 4) structural racism 5) power, spokesmanship and platform. The analysis is made possible through an interplay between empirical data and the theoretical concepts from Honneth and Fukuyama respectively. Inspired by Honneths three forms of recognition (love, rights and solidari-ty), it is concluded that the two members of Black Lives Matter seek to achieve recognition as rights through their fight against racism. Furthermore, the felt sense of community among members of Black Lives Matter results in recognition as solidarity.
Lastly, we shortly outline societal developments which are crucial for the spread of identity politics. We discuss whether Fukuyamas emphasis on, what he calls a creedal national identity is able to cre-ate structures in society that will bring about the necessary degree of recognition required to live a good life. Honneth regards his three forms of recognition as a precondition for living a good life. In relation to this it is discussed if it is possible to establish a strong national feeling with recognition for all citizens in a society where there exists an increasing level of cultural diversity. We argue that while a strong creedal national identity results in recognition as rights, it does not necessarily create the societal conditions for recognition as solidarity.
|Uddannelser||Psykologi, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor|
|Udgivelsesdato||21 maj 2019|
|Vejledere||Malene Broch Clemmensen|
- Black Lives Matter