Bringing Intersectionality into Danish Public Policy

  • Heidi Lene Myglegaard AndersenEmail author
Part of the The Politics of Intersectionality book series (POLI)


This chapter applies an intersectional analysis to a community health framework based partly on phronetic action research and partly on a Foucauldian-inspired planning approach based on phronetic social science. The empirical case study describes a local planning process of a health project in a deprived community in Copenhagen, Denmark. Denmark can be seen as a pragmatic case example, as it is experiencing a growing inequality in health despite being based in a universal welfare state. The aim of the analysis is to find alternative theoretical and practical solutions to the current public health policies. The conclusion is that one alternative to the Danish national health documents is a cross-sectional community health approach based on phronetic action research. Intersectional-Based Policy Analysis (IBPA) is another. IBPA applied to the case study has transcended the prevailing conceptualization of class, widened the perception of how it is possible to (re)think health, and has addressed some of the root causes to inequality in health. The case study elaborates that the Danish national health strategies instead of being oriented on general indicators should be orientated towards the actual conditions and contextual health needs and perceptions.


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  1. 1.University College AbsalonRoskildeDenmark

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