Kampen om danskheden

Martin Stub-Holm El-Toukhy, Line Bjørg Valvik Thaarup & Tor Birk Trads

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


In this project, we analyse and discuss the term ‘danishness’. Defining what is truly Danish and true national identity has been a heated and very polarized political topic the last ten years in Denmark. With discourse theory, theories of national identity and imagined communities, and Bourdieus theory of field we make an in-depth analysis of two opinion formers’ articulation of danishness. We primarily use document analysis of books and blogs, and secondarily interviews with two other opinion formers to clarify the subject. We conclude that the one opinion former, Kasper Støvring, articulate the Danish people and identity as something very homogenous and inherited through centuries of unique Danish history, that has to be protected from multiculture and islam. The other opinion former, Rune Engelbreth Larsen, bases his perception on tolerance and articulate danishness as a multifarious mix of individuals with no single culture. Thus he describes Danish identity as multicultural and inclusive. He defines the major threat against danishness as the nationalist right-wing party, Dansk Folkeparti, and their agenda. The two discourses hampers agreement and co- existence, and the highly antagonistic approaches simplifies and divides the Danish people in an unsound fashion.

UddannelserSocialvidenskab, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato25 maj 2011
VejledereShahamak Rezaei


  • danskhed
  • diskursteori
  • national identitet
  • benedict anderson
  • bourdieu
  • laclau & mouffe