Kampen om 'dankshed'

Maria Stoffregen Møller, Nadia Yasmin Brakti, Nanna Lindberg Kirkegaard, Nicoline Løcke Zabel, Ninni Gustavsen & Tenna Qvortrup Olsen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This paper will examine the discursive construction of Danish national identity in relation to the articulation of freedom of speech and the terrorist attacks in Paris on january 7th and in Copenhagen on february 16th and 17th, 2015. The examination will base itself on carefully chosen empirical data consisting of eight leading articles in the four national Danish newspapers; Information, Jyllands-Posten, Kristeligt Dagblad and Politiken, published in the period after the attacks. By utilizing the qualitative methods of discourse analysis with the primary use of discourse theories of Norman Fairclough, and further clarifying and applying the selected cultural theories of Benedict Anderson, Paul Ricoeur, Stuart Hall, Clifford Geertz and Aníbal Quijano, the analysis will illustrate the construction of identity in the chosen leading articles. The investigation takes departure in the discourses from Carsten Stage’s analysis in Tegningekrisen (2011) thus contributing to the investigations theoretical framework. The analysis of this paper will present how the discourses have shifted since Tegningekrisen (2011) and how new discourses have arisen. The examination concludes that the leading articles construct Danish identity by creating imagined communities from categories with ideological and cultural similarities and concepts of sameness. These categories are also defined by categories that are not included because of elements deemed too different. All leading articles inscribe themselves into Stage’s discourses, but since the situational and the socio-cultural context has changed since 2006, the discourses portray freedom of speech and tolerance in a somewhat different manner. There is a cultural and ideological struggle occurring in the leading articles, in relation to defining the boundaries of Danish identity and of freedom of speech, as well as its correct utilization.

UddannelserKultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato20 maj 2015
VejledereRandi Lorenz Marselis


  • Ytringsfrihed
  • Danskhed