Veluddannede dansk-somaliske mænds inklusion i det danske samfund - set i et anderkendelsesperspektiv

Michael Olsen

Studenteropgave: Speciale


Abstract The topic of this dissertation is the relationship between a minority and the majority society. Based on an empirical investigation using qualitative interviews, is the aim of this research to examine what respectively include and exclude ethnic minorities in Denmark. The dissertation’s main focus is to study the mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion. The analysis of the empirical material has its starting point in factors which on one hand includes the informants in the Danish society and on the other hand excludes them. The including factors are education, to be in possession of a job, family life and spare time. The excluding factors are the job seeking and unemployment period of the informants, discrimination, the prejudice against ethnic minorities and the tone in the media. On the basis of the manifestations from my informants I have exposed which experiences they regard as being including and excluding aspects. Furthermore I have exposed which strategies they use respectively to obtain recognition or to avoid experiences of misrecognition. The empirical material consist of interviews with seven Danish Somali men, which all have an education from a university in Denmark. In order to investigate the struggle of my informants to build a meaningful life in Denmark, I use the perspective of recognition. In doing so, I use Axel Honneths theory of recognition. In understanding how recognition and misrecognition affects the informants and which kind of strategies they use to obtain recognition and to avoid misrecognition I draw on some of Pierre Bourdieus theories, such as symbolic violence. On the one hand I can conclude that discrimination against my informants in job seeking situations and the tone in the media can be considered as experiences of misrecognition. Especially the undifferentiated and stereotyping representation of ethnic minorities by the media seems to isolate my informants even more. But it comes apparent that the one factor which actually can make the informants consider whether to stay in Denmark or to move to another country is to be unemployed. On the other hand I conclude that the affiliation to the Danish society of the informants is mainly the result of their education. The including affects of education is partly due to their relation to the Danish society, through colleges at university and work. Primarily are the including aspect of education the recognition they receive based on their professional qualifications. It seems to be that the highest priority of the informants is to use their professional skills. Key words: inclusion/exclusion, education, employment, recognition, misrecognition

UddannelserKultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato24 maj 2007


  • Inklusion/eksklusion, uddannelse, arbejde, anderkendelse og mangel på samme