Transparency, Trust, and Multiculturalism in Cosy Copenhagen

  • Tabish Khair
  • Isabelle Petiot
Part of the Palgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship Series book series ( CAL)


This chapter employs Byung-Chul Han’s distinction between disciplinary and achievement subjects, and his critique of obsessive transparency, to examine two contradictory views of Denmark: as a law-abiding, democratic nation of trusting citizens and as a nation in the forefront of the recent European backlash against immigrants and multiculturalism. We look at political events, such as the Nørrebro Riots and the Danish Cartoon controversy, and recent legislation in order to highlight the subtly differing ways in which the Danish state trusts or mistrusts some of its citizens, and the role Islam plays in it. We note that the nature of ‘new xenophobia’ makes it easy to overlook that trust and accountability are not equally shared across the nation’s (multi)cultures.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tabish Khair
    • 1
  • Isabelle Petiot
    • 1
  1. 1.Aarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark

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