Folkekirken og nationen: En analyse af folkekirkens rolle i den færøske nationsdannelse

Durita Hansen

Student thesis: Master thesis


The purpose of the following thesis is to examine the role of the national church in connection with the Faroese nation formation. Moreover, a comparison will be made between the Danish and the Faroese nation formation. The nation formation will be analyzed by means of three different theories of nationalism. Modernism is the most recognized theory on nationalism. Principally, it states that the nation is a product of modern times. Moreover, nationalism was the forerunner of the nation. Nationalism was a tool for the elite to create support for the industrialized society. National symbols and traditions are therefore artificial artifacts constructed by the elite. The communities that had existed before the French Revolution had been limited to the local community. The second approach is perennialism. Adrian Hastings advocates that the nation is founded on Christianity and the Bible in a vernacular language. Furthermore, nations are developed from so-called ethnies. These ethnies are based on common culture, tradition and language. When the Bible was translated into vernacular languages the ethnies developed into nations. Furthermore, the biblical message gave an example in Israel of a nation. As a compromise between the above-mentioned theories, Anthony D. Smith launched the theory etnosymbolism. Smith argues that one must look at the ethnies in order to understand the nation. The nation was created in the aftermath of the French Revolution. However, nations are based on already existing ethnies. Nationalism reinterpreted symbols and traditions from these ethnies, in order to form nations.

EducationsMA in International Business Communication (Intercultural Marketing), (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2009
Number of pages81