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Bakom slöjan – En studie av identitetskonstruktion i den franska slöjdiskursen

Jönsson, Johanna LU (2012) STVK01 20121
Department of Political Science
Abstract
It is the purpose of this essay to investigate how collective identities are being constructed in the French veil discourse. I use discourse analysis inspired by Torben Bech Dyrberg’s theory on power and identities and Ulf Mörkenstams thesis on identity construction to analyse the material, which consists of ten official documents. My conclusion is that two collective identities – the Muslims and the Republic – are being constructed. The two identities are being constructed relationally and can therefore be seen as the effect of each other. By studying how chains of equivalence are being established in the discourse I show that the Muslims are constructed as non-French, anti-democratic, unequal, unwilling to integrate, living in suburbs... (More)
It is the purpose of this essay to investigate how collective identities are being constructed in the French veil discourse. I use discourse analysis inspired by Torben Bech Dyrberg’s theory on power and identities and Ulf Mörkenstams thesis on identity construction to analyse the material, which consists of ten official documents. My conclusion is that two collective identities – the Muslims and the Republic – are being constructed. The two identities are being constructed relationally and can therefore be seen as the effect of each other. By studying how chains of equivalence are being established in the discourse I show that the Muslims are constructed as non-French, anti-democratic, unequal, unwilling to integrate, living in suburbs and sectarian social settings and as a group that practises non-French traditions. The Republic is on the other hand constructed as an identity that is composed of democratic, modern, secular, enlightened French citizens who uphold important French values such as liberty, tolerance, equality, respect and human dignity. I further conclude that a social order, and a notion of the Republic as superior to the Muslims, is being constructed in the discourse. (Less)
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author
Jönsson, Johanna LU
supervisor
organization
course
STVK01 20121
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
differentiering, identitet, diskursanalys, ekvivalenskedjor, Frankrike, slöja, Dyrberg, Mörkenstam, muslimer, republiken
language
Swedish
id
2543044
date added to LUP
2012-06-27 10:47:02
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2012-06-27 10:47:02
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  abstract     = {It is the purpose of this essay to investigate how collective identities are being constructed in the French veil discourse. I use discourse analysis inspired by Torben Bech Dyrberg’s theory on power and identities and Ulf Mörkenstams thesis on identity construction to analyse the material, which consists of ten official documents. My conclusion is that two collective identities – the Muslims and the Republic – are being constructed. The two identities are being constructed relationally and can therefore be seen as the effect of each other. By studying how chains of equivalence are being established in the discourse I show that the Muslims are constructed as non-French, anti-democratic, unequal, unwilling to integrate, living in suburbs and sectarian social settings and as a group that practises non-French traditions. The Republic is on the other hand constructed as an identity that is composed of democratic, modern, secular, enlightened French citizens who uphold important French values such as liberty, tolerance, equality, respect and human dignity. I further conclude that a social order, and a notion of the Republic as superior to the Muslims, is being constructed in the discourse.},
  author       = {Jönsson, Johanna},
  keyword      = {differentiering,identitet,diskursanalys,ekvivalenskedjor,Frankrike,slöja,Dyrberg,Mörkenstam,muslimer,republiken},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Bakom slöjan – En studie av identitetskonstruktion i den franska slöjdiskursen},
  year         = {2012},
}