Articles | Volume 68, issue 3
Geogr. Helv., 68, 213–218, 2013

Special issue: Subjectivities – in crisis?

Geogr. Helv., 68, 213–218, 2013

Standard article 07 Oct 2013

Standard article | 07 Oct 2013

"I feel Danish but...": a case study on national identity formation and ambivalence

L. Koefoed and K. Simonsen L. Koefoed and K. Simonsen
  • Department of Environmental, Social and Spatial Change, Roskilde University, Denmark

Abstract. Non-western minorities in Europe, one can argue, are experiencing particularly vulnerable processes of subjectification and identification. They are often caught between double processes of inclusion/exclusion, integration/segregation or identification/estrangement. This article explores some of the complex and ambiguous processes of identification within this group, in connection with development of the spatial identity of Danishness. It starts with a short theoretical pinning down of the figure of "the stranger'' working as a basis for the empirical analysis. Organised in three sections, each interpreting a specific narrative of identification, the analysis subsequently explores processes and problems of identity formation within a minority group increasingly designated as "strangers'' within the Danish nation state. The article concludes on the different ways in which uncertainty and ambivalence infiltrate the identity formation.