"I'm Proud to be Palestinian - en undersøgelse af palæstinensisk national identitet.

Amalie Louise Larsen, Charlotte Haagen Jensen & Astrid Louise Rasmussen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project examines how six Palestinian individuals narratively construct a sense of belonging to Palestine. The empirical production consists of narrative interviews with three Palestinians in Denmark as well as three Palestinians within Palestine. Research questions are as follow: How do the six informants construct themselves according to a sense of belonging to Palestine? With reference to the above mentioned we want to examine and discuss national identity in the specific case of the Palestinians. The question is sought answered by means of both a vertical narrative analysis of each individual informant as well as through a horizontal thematic analysis. Where the former aims to treat every narrative on its own terms, the latter works towards breaking down common characteristics among these. The theoretical framework consists mainly of theories concerning narratives (Jaber F. Gubrium & James A. Holstein), conceptions of nationalism (Benedict Anderson), exile (Edward Said) and diaspora (Helena Lindholm Schulz & Juliane Hammer). These are all, to some extent, related to narratives and their ability to construct a joint Palestinian identity. The project concludes that in all of the narratives it is possible to trace references to a collective Palestinian memory founded on the dispersal and displacement of Palestinian people as a result of the Nakba in 1948. It seems that the articulation of a common Palestinian history and destiny allows the constitution of an imagined Palestinian community. However the interviewed individuals does not position themselves in the same way according to this grand narrative frame of reference which means the Palestinian national identity can be seen as a product of a host of diverse narratives. Through the six Palestinian narratives presented, we have found that the national sense of belonging to Palestine is a way of positioning which is of great importance to the creation of identity in some contexts but of lesser importance in other. Thus, it is possible to regard the national sense of belonging as a way in which the informants are able to inscribe themselves in a larger narrative wherein they can be seen as part of a common past, present and future.

UddannelserKultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato19 dec. 2014
VejledereBjörn Hakon Lingner


  • National identitet
  • Narratives
  • Diaspora
  • Palæstina
  • Palestine
  • National Identity