Mjølnerparken - en ghetto?

Julia Farkas, Laura Kirk-Kuur & Diana Mammen

Student thesis: Termpaper


During the last two decades it appears that Europe has committed to an Americanized discourse in the debate about socially disadvantaged neighborhoods. The word ghetto has been used frequently to describe these areas and after the Millennium Denmark has made use of the discourse as well. This study examines how the Danish media is representing disadvantaged neighborhoods and more specific Mjølnerparken, and whether or not the residents living there agree with the representation made by the media. Through a discourse analysis of several Danish articles it becomes clear that the word ghetto is being used frequently and without a connection to the original definition of the word and that the media is representing Mjølnerparken as being a violent and dangerous place. Through an examination of interviews with five of the residents from Mjølnerparken it turns out that the representation of Mjølnerparken as being violent and dangerous does not match their experiences of the area.

EducationsCultural Encounter, (Bachelor/Graduate Programme) Undergraduate or graduate
Publication date19 May 2014
SupervisorsBjörn Hakon Lingner


  • Ghetto