Stigmatisation, social identity and stereotyping: A comprehensive analysis of the Danes' attitudes towards Muslims in the Danish society

Laura Colstrup, Betül Akdemir, Israe Buhta, Marit Moberg, Naama Daoudi & M'Barka Daoudi

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The aim of this project is to investigate how different segments of the Danish population have responded to the entering of the Islamic culture in the Danish establishment, since it is highly debated in today’s Denmark and a big part of the medias’ and the political agenda. The procedure of getting to the result has been through the gathering of material to acquire a better understanding of the relations between immigrants, ethnic minorities in the Danish society from the Danes’ perspective. It will be investigated how the headscarf as a visual symbol and its’ signalling effect has played a role in the cultural meeting. Furthermore the procedure of conducting the empirical material and interviews has based the foundation for the analysis to take place through Erving Goffman’s theory Stigma and Pierre Bourdieu’s concepts about ‘field’, ‘capital’, ‘habitus’ and ‘symbolic violence’. The analysis in this project deals with whether there is a difference in the responses due to the interviewees’ level of education. Furthermore, it studies how personal contact is a significant factor in the Danes’ perception of Muslims in relation to their matrix. Moreover the information source where from Danes gain their knowledge is important for whether they perceive Muslims from their virtual social identity or their actual social identity. These concepts are therefore essential: ethnocentrism, xenophobia, Islamophobia.

UddannelserSocialvidenskab, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato20 dec. 2012