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Provocations of Civilizational Discourse: The Mohammed Cartoons in the Danish Context
by Elliott, Charlotte Karen, M.A., The American University of Paris (France), 2010, 94; 10305720
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis examines a particular provocation of civilizational discourse concerning the event of the Mohammed Cartoons controversy in the context of Denmark. It examines the cause-and-effect nature of the Mohammed Cartoons controversy within the advent of "socioeconomic and cultural polarization" of Danish society (Schmidt, 2009). The thesis therefore examines the Mohammed Cartoons controversy in terms of a multi-layered process. There is an examination of a civilizational and cultural conflict, as presented by Samuel Huntington's The Clash of Civilizations. Here, the Cartoons conflict is investigated in regards to "civilizational" identities, which are tied to cultural values and supported by individual identity politics. There is also an examination of free-speech ethics, with arguments regarding the processes of interpretation thereof, and the place of multiculturalism and ethnic diversification in Denmark.

Using relevant works in the field of communication studies, this thesis is approached through a discourse analysis of a plethora of texts, including newspaper articles, academic articles, and theoretical works. It strives to unite different facets of the Mohammed Cartoons controversy to present an actual event which demonstrates a deliberate provocation of civilizational discourse, where the Cartoons were an act of challenging (Danish) Muslims, as well as reflexively asserting a "Danish" national identity through the calling of values of free speech and democracy.

Key Words: Danish Mohammed Cartoons, multiculturalism, The Clash of Civilizations, civilizational discourse, freedom of speech.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hayward, Mark
Commitee: Hicks, Darrin
School: The American University of Paris (France)
Department: Global Communications
School Location: France
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, European Studies, Communication, Islamic Studies, Mass communications
Keywords: Civilizational discourse, Cultural conflict, Denmark, Freedom of speech, Huntington, Samuel, Mohammed cartoons, Multiculturalism
Publication Number: 10305720
ISBN: 978-1-369-49284-2
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