Ethnic relations and intercultural learning among Danish international workers
Denmark is a small country that, on the one hand, has a reputation of being open-minded and, on the other hand, recently has been known for expressing xenophobic attitudes in national politics. This paradox may be related to difficulties of maintaining a small-scale welfare society despite the overwhelming forces of globalization. The dual forces of social concern and global outlook could be argued to impose a paradox of globalization and localization on ways of thinking and acting in Denmark. In this chapter we analyse how this specific paradox affects Danish international workers’ abilities to manage internationally and learn from their foreign surroundings. We include data from ethnographic studies of Danish international workers in SaudiArabia and England to illustrate the argument that an open-minded/self-sufficient paradox affects the way many Danes deal with international issues.
Nordic Countries: Economic, Political and Social Issues, 2012, p. 107-124