Kulturkonservatismens genkomst

Magnus Sinding-Jensen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This report concerns the re-emergence of a cultural conservatism in Denmark, inspired by and Anglo-saxon conservatism originating from the thoughts of Edmund Burke. My analytical point-of-departure is a debate between liberals (in the spirit of Smith and Hayek) and conservatives. Through this debate I identified some overall arguments, which concerned need for a cultural foundation for a liberal society and democracy, the importance of the nation-state and the question of broadmindedness versus moralizing in the field of culture. The analysis in this report is two-parted. Firstly I characterized conservatism through the ideas of Edmund Burke, Michael Oakeshott and Russell Kirk, as a personal disposition and as a political value-system entailing a reverence for historical continuity and a critical approach to radical change. Secondly I unfolded Roger Scruton and Kasper Støvrings defence of the cohesive nation-state and its normative cultural foundation. This defence focused on the importance of national loyalty and the maintenance of the traditions and institutions of society. As a final point I discussed the re-emergence of this cultural conservatism in relation to discussions about the (Danish) Conservative People’s Party and continual lack of support from voters.

UddannelserSocialvidenskab, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato22 jan. 2015
VejledereTorben Bech Dyrberg


  • Cultural conservatism
  • nation-state