”Vi er de grønne” - Konstruktionen af europæisk identitet i danske mediers klimadækning: "We are the green ones" - The Construction of European Identity in Danish News Coverage on Climate Change

Leif Hemming Pedersen & Magnus Boye Bjerregaard

Studenteropgave: Speciale


Research on EUropean democracy and integration has pointed to the construction of European identity and the Europeanisation of national public spheres as means to mitigate the broadly recognized democratic deficit of the European Union. However, as pointed out by Olausson (2010), studies of Europeanisation and the impact of news media in European identity construction have tended to quantitatively focus on the visibility and frequency of ‘EU topics’ and EU actors in the news. Thereby missing the potentiality of a ‘hidden’ and naturalized European identity construction and legitimation of EU politics. This thesis examines the construction of European identity in the coverage on climate change in Danish news media. Based on public sphere theory, nationalism theory, and identity theory the thesis utilizes a twofold analytical approach; performing both a content analysis of 285 news articles and television broadcasts and a discourse analysis of prominent textual tendencies based primarily on the systemic theory of language. The findings suggest the presence of a naturalized European identity construction in Danish news coverage on climate change where the national identity is transcended and incorporated into the European identity. Thus, the thesis put forward the idea that European identity construction and Europeanisation of national spheres should be understood in terms of - and in relation to - ‘banal transnationalism’. Furthermore, the thesis stresses the importance of studying these phenomena in the issue-specific news coverage such as climate change; future research could look into the topics of environmental politics, energy politics, culture politics and defense politics. Finally the thesis underlines the potential of a combined quantitative and qualitative approach in describing the relationship between collective identity and Europeanisation, which has only been vaguely established by previous studies that use both concepts.

UddannelserJournalistik, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato28 jan. 2016
VejledereMark Ørsten


  • EU
  • Transnationalisme
  • Europæisering
  • Kollektiv identitet
  • Offentlig sfære
  • Banal Transnationalisme
  • Identitet
  • Diskursanalyse
  • Nationalisme
  • Content analysis
  • Klima