”Stem dansk!” – Dansk Folkepartis konstruktion af danskheden: En hegemonianalyse af Dansk Folkepartis kommunikation 2000-2001

Mikkel Riis-Jørgensen

Student thesis: Master thesis

Abstract

This thesis examines the Danish Peoples Party’s (DPP) construction of Danishness through a hegemony analysis inspired by Ernesto Laclau’s and Chantal Mouffe’s political discourse theory. The thesis argues that the DPP observes the dislocation of Danishness, due to the inner threat that is posed by the Muslim immigrants in Denmark, and the outer threat which is constituted by the European Union. While the Muslim immigrants threaten the “cultural Danishness” the EU threaten the “national Danishness”. Thus, the thesis ambition is twofold: 1. To examine the DPP’s construction of the cultural Danishness in relation to the party’s discourse on Muslim immigrants. 2. To examine the DPP’s construction of the national Danishness in relation to the party’s discourse on the EU. The thesis therefore examines the significance that the DPP’s discourses on Muslim immigrants and the EU have on the party’s construction of Danishness. The key findings of the thesis are: • That the cultural Danishness is inaccessible to the Muslim immigrants as their culture and religion is irreconcilable with Danishness. Nevertheless the Muslim immigrants are stigmatised as the enemy of Danishness. The cultural Danishness is excluding, as only indigenous Danes are included in the cultural Danishness. • That the EU is the enemy of the national Danishness due to the EU’s ambition of eradicating Denmark’s freedom and sovereignty. While the cultural Danishness is imposed on all indigineous Danes it is not the case with the national Danishness. The establishment is excluded from the national Danishness as they betray Denmark through their liaison with the EU. • That the DPP’s construction of Danishness is a hegemonic attempt to sediment meaning on Danishness, and thus resist the threats that are posed by Muslim immigrants and the EU in order to overcome the Danishness’ dislocation.

EducationsMSocSc in Political Communication and Managment, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
LanguageDanish
Publication date2009
Number of pages272