Mødet med de fremmede: Meeting the others

Mathias Mosekjær Krog, Johanne Richter Larsen, Signe Holck Jensen & Sigrid Schjær Jensen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


Using qualitative research this study examines the reactions to the establishment of a centre for asylum applicants in the village of Sønderborg, Denmark, and how these reactions and the later meetings between the local population and the asylum applicants transformed the perception of public space. Through interviews, case study of Sønderborg and theories of orientalism, globalization, and “the other” it is concluded that the fear of the Oriental stranger, the degradation of the city in general, and the use of a historical building as the centre for asylum applicants had a significant but variable impact on the reactions of the local population. Furthermore, it is concluded that the room for public and personal debate expanded and that for some informants the perception of public space transformed resulting in defensive behaviour.

UddannelserBasis - Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato26 maj 2015
VejledereJesper Visti