The Culture of Violation - a Political Construction? The Political Use of Anti-identity Politics in the Danish Media

Jonas Skov Korsgaard & Hannah Phipps Walter

Student thesis: Master thesis


During the last few years a debate on identity politics and special rights for minority groups have been widely discussed in the media. The debate is centred around the discussion of a worrying trend in Danish society, where individual feelings of discrimination have become more important than free speech and democratic rights. This thesis takes a new perspective on the debate, as it seeks to investigate how the debate itself is creating a problematic division in society, by excluding the opponent position from taking part in a debate on minority rights. News articles and social media posts written by political actors from the rightwing have been chosen as the primary data collection, supported by five interviews with researchers and experts within the fields of political communication. Using Michel Foucault’s genealogical framework, this thesis concludes that the narrative used by right-wing politicians within this debate is not new, but have previously been used in the 90’s and 00’s, in connection with a debate on political correctness. With the appliance of Ernesto Laclau’s populism theory the thesis finds that the rationale used in the debate divides society into an elite, which is working against the average Danish citizens interests. This enables the communication to work as a mobilization strategy, which makes it easier for political actors to close down any demand for changes requested by minority groups. Therefore the communication from the right wing, can be seen as a political attempt to maintain status quo. With this in mind, the thesis concludes that the debate will always reach the same conclusions, as it is design to work as mobilization strategy instead of a actual debate. Based on the findings presented in this thesis, the thesis encourages you to remain critical and look for the nuances in the debate, when reading articles that claim that minority groups requests for special rights is threatening democratic principles in the Danish society.

EducationsMSocSc in Political Communication and Managment, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2020
Number of pages121
SupervisorsMathias Hein Jessen