Othering: the cartoon controversy as a case of cultural racism in Denmark.

Eugenio Maria Capuani & Marisol Arenas

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


Abstract In this last century a lot of world-conflicts not only crossed and damaged people and their life, but also influenced our culture and our modern view of the Others and the world. Even if Today apartheid doesn’t exist there are, in our society, many different types of Others that arise from and must struggle with segregation, religious discrimination, cultural racism, discrimination based on social status or racial belonging: that cannot be seen as a separated or better behavior than before so why we think to be into the so called “modern and civilized world”? Who manipulated our view? in which ways? How is the context in which we live relevant for the creation of cultural racism and cultural stereotypes about the Others? History is often red as a tale of western dominance and colonialism, but how we can understand other world conceptions and cultures if we are totally blinded by this reading? History has delineate how the Western societies have trying to say “we are the best because we are westerns, white and christians” but how we can understand other world conceptions and cultures if we are totally obscured by this thinking? Western perceptions of culture include a complete view about the power-interactions that are inside the social structure. Institutions like schools, universities and major social structures like welfare systems mirror these interactions and perpetuate the image that nation states want to create for themselves. Scholars have tried to understand and analyze why such phenomena have such an important role in the social structure, but what we described above is just one of the countless faces and interpretations of history: every culture has its own unique way to interpret historical events, highlighting some more than others, so the narrative can vary wildly from case to case. In this critical historical moment problems about Othering and the correlated view about culture and identity are really important to understand, both to create a better interaction between cultures (as we all live in a multicultural context) and because recognizing these differences can help changing of the social structure and consequently the discourse of power into the Nation. In this project we will consider the importance of being aware of cultural racism and of the interactions that exist between our perceived identity and the Others. The Danish political scene and media usually draw immigrants as “medieval muslims with an undemocratic mindset” (Kubliz 2010) and this discourse has created a certain stereotype among the Danish public opinion and a general not-positive perception of the Others. The aim of this project is to show how interactions expresses and reproduces underlying social-cultural representations of others in the specific context.

UddannelserBasis - International Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato18 jun. 2015


  • denmark
  • cartoon controversy
  • Othering