'Why are they not friends?': Unpacking Youth Racialization in Denmark

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Young people’s friendships have been central to debates around minority integration in Danish society. Specifically, through schooling, students with diverse racialized-ethnic backgrounds are expected to form bonds and connections as a way to strengthen social cohesion and unity. Drawing from ethnographic interviews with education professionals in Danish schooling contexts (comprehensive school, extracurricular schooling state institutions), this article deploys the concept of ‘intimate technology of concern’ in order to explore how and with what effects concerns over young people’s friendships across racialized lines are implicated in welfare value projects of minority integration. Contributing to the literature on friendship, understood as a regulatory modality of intimacy, the article shows how through the racialized figuring of friendship as both a threat and valorized ‘cozy solution’, young people’s social relations are celebrated as cultural achievements of integration and ‘social mixing.’
TidsskriftNordic Journal of Social Research
Sider (fra-til)10-22
Antal sider13
StatusUdgivet - feb. 2022


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