Hervik, Peter. ‘Cultural War of Values: The Proliferation of Moral Identities in the Danish Public Sphere’. Becoming Minority: How Discourses and Policies Produce Minorities in Europe and India, Eds. J. Tripathy and S. Padmanabhan, New Delhi: Sage, 2014, 145–173.
This chapter looks at the drastic shift in the construction of minority others that came with the emergence of neo-nationalism, neo-racism and radical right populism in the post-1989 world. Through an analysis of a political philosophy launched in Denmark in the 1990s called the “Cultural War of Values”, I show that the moral identities proliferating in the Danish public sphere are fundamentally anti-political correct, anti-multiculturalist, and anti-Marxist as confrontation is also directed at political adversaries. Thus, the chapter’s key argument is that the social construction of thick minority identities can only be understood in relation to the cultural war of value strategy aimed at domestic political opponents.