The Danish Defense's Ontological Security: How Does Denmark Secure Its Military's Identity in Times of Shifting Warfare?

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Publication Bachelor thesis
Title The Danish Defense's Ontological Security: How Does Denmark Secure Its Military's Identity in Times of Shifting Warfare?
Author Toft, Sofie
Date 2018
English abstract
In recent years, particularly after the rise of “new wars” in the 1990s and following the Danish Defense’s shift from a national-orientated defensive military to an international-orientated so-called ‘activist’ military, Denmark has increasingly been adopting a more joint planning and exercise of civilian and military efforts in the Danish state’s approach to armed conflicts. As a result of this combined civil-military approach, which in common speech goes by “the comprehensive approach”, critics often accuse Denmark of having developed ‘militaristic’ foreign affairs and development discourses and policies. However, is the opposite also the case then; has Denmark, on the other hand, developed ‘civilised’ defense and security discourses? Taken that question into consideration, the overall aim of this thesis is to identify the Danish Defense’s identical (i.e. ontological) security discourses and thereby determine, how Denmark secure its military’s identity in times of shifting warfare; is the Danish Defense’s ontological security, and thus its identity, for example, constructed on a civil-orientated discourse? Through an intrasubjective discourse analysis of selected video material by the Danish Defense, the thesis concludes that, the Danish Defense’s collective identity primarily is shaped by a civil- and an international-orientated discourse, which constructs not only the Danish Defense’s identity, but also Denmark’s ontological security. The analytical framework is the intrasubjective discourse analysis, that has been formed by merging the ontological security theory with Rose’s discourse analysis 1.
Publisher Malmö universitet/Kultur och samhälle
Language eng (iso)
Subject Comprehensive approach
Danish Defense
Denmark
Ontological security
Identity
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/26062 Permalink to this page
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