Racisme og identitet: Racism and Identity

Lena Kista Abelsen, Simone Meisner Jensen, Nynne Kjøller Stadelund & Anemone Thomas Szøts

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt

Abstrakt

This study revolves around the subject of racism and identity. It investigates the change and development of racism and how identity has been perceived throughout the course of history. This investigation finds the combination of identity and racism important because of its belief in social constructivism. The primary theorists are Birgitta Frello and Stuart Hall. Edward Said also plays a significant role in understanding the Post-Colonial Era. The method in the study is inspired by Foucault’s genealogical method. The study investigates six historical periods, which begins with Christopher Columbus; the Enlightenment; the time of slavery; before, during and after World War Two; Imperialism and finally the Post-Colonial Era. This study concludes that racism indeed has developed and changed its form throughout history. In different historical periods there are different types of racism. Furthermore the study concludes that if you have a decentered notion of identity it becomes difficult to maintain racist ideas. Since Columbus the West has primarily had a notion of identity as something continuous and something you can find inside yourself. This study also concludes that the old structures from the colonial times can still be found in today’s structures, and that the media plays a big role in racism, due to their depiction of the contemporary Middle East.

UddannelserKultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
SprogDansk
Udgivelsesdato18 maj 2014
VejledereKirsten Holst Petersen

Emneord

  • etnicitet
  • racisme
  • kollektiv identitet
  • eurocentrisme
  • orientalisme
  • essentialisme
  • identitet