Ban on cover in Denmark: What discourses are known in connection with the processing of legislation and what impact can they have on the people covered by the law?

Mike Sabroe Nielsen

Student thesis: Basic Project


On August 1, 2018, the ban on cover in the public space was passed in the parliament. A ban, with the primary focus of banning Muslim women from wearing burka and niqab, seen by many parties in Danish politics as fundamental problem for social cohesion, trust and integration as a whole. A proposal that has already been adopted in both France and Belgium.
In the consideration of the bill, speaker from different parties were given the opportunity to hold an opening speech in which they could submit their arguments as to why it was necessary to adopt this bill. Speeches, despite the unanimous agreement of politicians, witnessing some widely differing view points within what I have chosen to call a "banning discourse". An articulation of the ban as a necessity in Denmark.
But what does such a legislative proposal have of consequences? Is it just legal or can you, by means of a critical approach, reveal some structural conditions for Muslim women's recognition, both as people and as Danish citizens which are not met, by which these women are exposed to violations and marginalization?

EducationsBasic - Bachelor Study Program in Social Science, (Bachelor Programme) Bachelor
Publication date18 Dec 2018
Number of pages31
SupervisorsJohan Fischer