THE LABELS PROJECT
THE POWER OF LABELS:
THE MEANING AND USE OF NAMES FOR IDENTITIES AND CONDITIONS
I am working on a research project focusing on the ways in which minority identities and conditions are, and have previously been, labeled - officially and unofficially.
Danish outdated examples include kejthåndet, fremmedarbejder, homofil, and DAMP-barn, which have now been replaced by other labels.
Throughout time, identities and conditions have changed both names and connotations. This project will get to the core of the nature of naming minority groups and look for developments and patterns in how these labels have been used and perceived over the past decades as well as answer the question: What are the societal and social causes and effects of the ways in which minority identities and conditions are named?
The project is carried out at the University of Copenhagen and is supported by the Carlsberg Foundation.