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Volume 3, Issue 3


Muslim Women and Interracial Intimacies

associate prof., PhD Rikke Andreassen
Published Online: 2013-10-08 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/njmr-2013-0002


This article focuses on media debates about interracial and interethnic marriage practices. In 2012, Danish immigrants and descendants, especially Muslim women, were accused of harming the integration processes as they were not marrying ethnically Danish men. Through analysis of newspaper articles and Internet debates the article shows how Muslim women became excluded from the national community in these debates. Drawing upon previous debates about interracial/ethnic relationships, the article illustrates how the contemporary criticism mirrors historical criticism of sexuality. Moreover, the 2012 debate provides new insights and reveals how we need to nuance previous understandings of interracial relations.

Keywords: media; Internet debates; interracial relations; gender; history

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About the article

associate prof., PhD Rikke Andreassen

Rikke Andreassen (associate prof., PhD, Roskilde University) is a researcher and teacher in the fields of media, migration, and discrimination addressing racial/ethnic and gender equality. Recent publications: “Gender as a tool in Danish debates about Muslims”, in Islam in Denmark: The Challenge of Diversity (Lexington Books, 2012); “Veiled Debates” (with Doutje Lettinga) in: Politics, Religion and Gender: Framing and Regulating the Veil (Routledge, 2011), and Menneskeudstilling [Human Exhibitions](2011). She is coordinator of the Nordforsk network “Re-developing international theories of media and migration in a Nordic context”.

Published Online: 2013-10-08

Published in Print: 2013-09-01

Citation Information: Nordic Journal of Migration Research, Volume 3, Issue 3, Pages 117–125, ISSN (Online) 1799-649X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/njmr-2013-0002.

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