"I feel Danish but...": a case study on national identity formation and ambivalence

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Abstract

Non-western minorities in Europe, one can argue, are experiencing particularly vulnerable processes of subjectification and identification. They are often caught between double processes of inclusion/exclusion, integration/segregation or identification/estrangement. This article explores some of the complex and ambiguous processes of identification within this group, in connection with development of the spatial identity of Danishness. It starts with a short theoretical pinning down of the figure of “the stranger” working as a basis for the empirical analysis. Organised in three sections, each interpreting a specific narrative of identification, the analysis subsequently explores processes and problems of identity formation within a minority group increasingly designated as “strangers” within the Danish nation state. The article concludes on the different ways in which uncertainty and ambivalence infiltrate the identity formation.
Original languageEnglish
JournalGeographica Helvetica
Volume68
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)213-222
Number of pages10
ISSN0016-7312
Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2013

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