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Societies 2018, 8(3), 63; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc8030063

Roma Representation in Danish Roma Policy and Public Discourse—A Critical Analysis

Unit for Health Promotion Research, University of Southern Denmark, 6700 Esbjerg, Denmark
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Received: 19 March 2018 / Revised: 1 June 2018 / Accepted: 28 July 2018 / Published: 3 August 2018
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Imagined stereotypes of Roma are prevailing across Europe and have an impact of discrimination and social exclusion of the Roma. In 2011, Denmark published their National Roma Inclusion Strategy as a response to the Europe 2020 Growth Strategy. This study analyses how the Roma are represented in the national policy and in ongoing discourse regarding Roma in newspaper articles published around the time of the publication of the Strategy. A critical discourse analysis was conducted, and the findings show that a profound stigmatization of the Roma was common and acceptable in both Danish nationalistic media discourse and in the paternalistic policy discourse. The Roma were represented as an alienated, non-empowered group in contrast to the majority population and lacking any useful qualities. There was a lack of Roma voices in both policy and newspapers. The discourses regarding Roma in Denmark are lacking both Roma influence and initiatives to change Roma conditions. View Full-Text
Keywords: critical discourse analysis; Roma people; representation; newspaper; public policy; public health; social inclusion; social determinants of health critical discourse analysis; Roma people; representation; newspaper; public policy; public health; social inclusion; social determinants of health
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Lassen Olesen, C.; Eklund Karlsson, L. Roma Representation in Danish Roma Policy and Public Discourse—A Critical Analysis. Societies 2018, 8, 63.

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