Andreassen, Rikke. ‘Muslim Women and Interracial Intimacies’. (2013) [PDF]

Andreassen, Rikke. ‘Muslim Women and Interracial Intimacies’. Nordic Journal of Migration Research, vol. 3, no. 3, Sept. 2013, p. 117.

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.