Digital Hate – The Global Conjuncture of Extreme Speech

2021, Hervik, Peter, Gagliardone, Ignio & Udupa, Sahana
Digital Hate: The Global Conjuncture of Extreme Speech provides the first distinctly global and interdisciplinary perspective on hateful language online. Moving beyond Euro-American allegations of “fake news,” contributors draw attention to local idioms and practices and explore the profound implications for how community is imagined, enacted, and brutally enforced around the world. With a cross-cultural framework nuanced by ethnography and field-based research, the volume investigates a wide range of cases—from anti-immigrant memes targeted at Bolivians in Chile to trolls serving the ruling AK Party in Turkey—to ask how the potential of extreme speech to talk back to authorities has come under attack by diverse forms of digital hate cultures. Offering a much-needed global perspective on the “dark side” of the internet, Digital Hate is a timely and critical look at the raging debates around online media’s failed promises.

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Racism, racialization and anti-racism in the nordic countries

2018, Hervik, Peter (edited by)
This book represents a comprehensive effort to understand discrimination, racialization, racism, Islamophobia, anti-racist activism, and the inclusion and exclusion of minorities in Nordic countries. Examining critical media events in this heavily mediatized society, the contributors explore how processes of racialization take place in an environment dominated by commercial interests, anti-migrant and anti-Muslim narratives and sentiments, and a surprising lack of informed research on national racism and racialization. Overall, in tracing how these individual events further racial inequalities through emotional and affective engagement, the book seeks to define the trajectory of modern racism in Scandinavia.

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Can Behaviour Be Controlled? Women in Post-Revolutionary Egypt.

2017, Nielsen, Mette Toft and Hervik, Peter
This book addresses how identity, structures, and agency affect women’s everyday lives in post-revolutionary Egypt. The authors analyse the topic both on a macro- as well as on a micro-level. Through interviews and workshops, women around Egypt express their own experiences in dialogue, in groups and in drawings. Based on the analysis of this material the reader gets insights into personal experiences, believes and opinions of a diverse group of women in terms of age, economic class, education, geography, culture, religion, ethnicity, marital status, and political orientation. The detail-rich empirical material presented in the book visualize that the 2011 revolution works as an utter frame on a macro-level, while different issues are more pressing on a micro-level.

Annoying differenceThe Annoying Difference:
The Emergence of Danish Neonationalism, Neoracism and Populism in the Post-1989 World.

2011, Hervik, Peter
The politicizing of the Danish media and the emergence of neonationalism have polarized Danish society over the last couple of decades. In Parliament, the veil is compared to the swastika; Muslims in Denmark are compared to tumors in need of radiation; and Islam is called a plague that must be fought like Nazism. These three radical comments were made by members of Parliament. There seems to be no limit to what can be said in the Danish public, or what the majority allows itself to say about the country’s ethnic minorities including Muslims.

The Annoying Difference brings together research on three significant historical media events carried out over a period of thirteen years, in order to show the drastic changes and emerging fissures in Danish society and to expose the politicizing of Danish news journalism, which has consequences for the political representation and everyday lives of ethnic minorities in Denmark. In the eyes of the media, the general public, and mainstream perceptions these minorities were annoyingly different, as they refused to reduce their visible and aural differences.

Mayan People withinMayan People Within and Beyond Boundaries.

2003, Hervik, Peter
Social Categories and Lived Identity in Yucatán.
Routledge: New York & London (Rev. London. (Revised paperback edition). Studies in Anthropology and History, Volume 25. Amsterdam:
Harwood Academic Publishers. 

Mediernes muslimerMediernes muslimer.

2002, Hervik, Peter
En antropologisk undersøgelse af mediernes dækning af religioner i Danmark.
Nævnet for Etnisk Ligestilling: København. (Download Mediernes Muslimer)

den generende forskelligedDen generende forskellighed.

1999, Hervik, Peter
Danske svar på den stigende multikulturalisme.
Hans Reitzels Forlag: København.

social experienceSocial Experience and Anthropological Knowledge.

1994, Hastrup, Kirsten and Hervik, Peter (eds.) 
Routledge: New York and London.

Articles and book chapters


Vertelyte, Mante og Hervik, Peter. 2019 “The Vices of Debating Racial Epithets in Danish News Media Discourse.” In Racialiation, Racism and anti-Racism in the Nordic Countries. Hervik, P. (ed.), pp. 163-181. Series: Approaches to Social Inequality and Difference. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-3-319-74629-6 (Published August 2018).

Hervik, Peter. 2019. “Racialization in the Nordic countries: An Introduction.” In Racialiation, Racism and anti-Racism in the Nordic Countries. Hervik, P. (ed.), pp. 1-37. Series: Approaches to Social Inequality and Difference. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-3-319-74629-6 (Published August 2018).

Hervik, Peter. 2018. “Refiguring the Public, Political and Personal in Current Danish Exclusionary Reasoning.” In “Political Sentiments and Social Movements: The Person in Politics and Culture. Strauss, Claudia & Jack Friedman, (eds.), pp. 91-117. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Hervik, Peter. N.d. “Neo-nationalism and Far Right Studies: Anthropological Perspectives.” In Researching the Far Right: Theory, Method and Practice. Macklin, Graham, Stephen Ashe, Joel Busher and Aaron Winter (eds.). Studies in Fascism and the Far Right. Routledge: London and New York (Early 2019).

Hervik, Peter. 2018. “Afterword.” Special issue: Conflict and Society 4: 85-93. 2018.

Hervik, Peter, 2018. “Denmark’s Blond Vision and the Logic of the Nation-in-danger.” Identities, theme issue: “Whiteness and contemporary nationalisms: re-stating a racial order of things?” (Nasar Meer, guest editor). (Early 2019)

Hervik, Peter. 2018.  “Out-trumping Economic Consequences in Populist Voting.” Economic Anthropolog, Vol. 5(1): 142-147.

Hervik, Peter. 2017. Ten Years After the Danish Muhammad Cartoon News Stories: Terror and Radicalization as Predictable Media Events-Television and New Media, Volume 19, Issue 1: 1-8). Special issue “Prime Time.” Sumiala, Johanna, Katja Valaskivi and Minttu Tikka (guest editors).

Hervik, Peter. 2015.
”Fortællinger om danske værter og deres genererende gæster.” I Narrativer – tilgange, metoder og analyser, Glavind Bo, Inger, Ann-Dorte Christensen & Trine Thomsen (red.). Hans Reitzels Forlag, København.

Hervik, Peter. 2015.
“The Perils of Public Anthropology? Debating the Muhammad Cartoon Issue in Neo-Nationalist Scandinavia.” In Media, Engagement and Anthropological Practice: Contemporary Public Scholarship. Abram, Simone and Sarah Pink (eds.), pp. 44-67. EASA series, New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books. (November 2015)

Hervik, Peter. 2015.
“Race, “race”, racialisering, racism og nyracisme.” Dansk Sociologi 26(1): 29-50.

Hervik, Peter. 2015.
”Xenophobia and Nativism.” In International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, Wright, James D. (editor-in-chief), vol 25:796-801. Oxford: Elsevier. 2nd edition. (org. 2001).

Feischmidt, Margit and Peter Hervik. 2015.
Mainstreaming the Extreme: Intersecting Challenges from the Far Right in Europe.” Intersections. East European Journal of Society and Politics, vol(1):3 – 17.

Hervik, P. 2015.
What is in the Scandinavian Nexus of ‘Islamophobia, Multiculturalism, and Muslim-Western Relations’?” Intersections. East European Journal of Society and Politics, vol(1):66- 82.

Hervik, Peter and Sasiwimon Khongmuaeng. 2014. “The Knowledge Dynamics of Danish Tourists in Mae Kampong Community Based Tourism”. King, Victor E. and Ploysri Porananond (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Hervik, Peter. (2014). “Cultural War of Values: The Proliferation of Moral Identities in the Danish Public Sphere.” In Becoming Minority: How Discourses and Policies Produce Minorities in Europe and India, Tripathy, Jyotirmaya and Sudarsan Padmanabhan (eds.), pp. 154-173. New Delhi: Sage Publications, India. November 2014

Hervik, Peter and Susi Meret.
2013 “Erostratus Unbound: Norway’s 22/7 Converging Frames of War.” Nordic Journal for Migration Research Vol 3, Issue 4. Theme issue edited by Hervik, Peter and Susi Meret. (31 December).

Boisen, Sophie and Peter Hervik
2013 “Danish Media Coverage of 22/7.” Nordic Journal for Migration Research Vol 3, Issue 4. Theme issue edited by Hervik, Peter and Susi Meret. (December).

2013. “Racism, Neo-racism.” In Recycling Hatred: Racism(s) in Europe Today : A Dialogue between Academics, Equality Experts and Civil Society Activists, ENAR (ed.), pp. 43-52. Brussels: European Network Against Racism aisbl (ENAR)

Hellström, Anders and Peter Hervik.
2013 “Feeding the Beast. Nourishing Nativist Appeals in Sweden and Denmark.” Journal of International Migration and Integration. Online version published 23 July 2013. To be published in Vol 15.

2012. “Ending Tolerance as a Solution to Incompatibility: The Danish ‘Crisis of Multiculturalism.’” European Journal of Cultural Studies 15(2):211-225 (April). Theme issue edited by Lentin, Alana and Gavan Titley.

Hellström, Anders and Peter Hervik.
2011 Feeding the Beast. Nourishing Nativist Appeals in Sweden and Denmark.” CoMID working paper series 1, Aalborg University

2009 Dialogical Opposition in the Danish Government’s Handling of the Muhammad Cartoon Conflict. In “Europe and Conflict: The Ambitions and Contradictions of Euroglobalism.” Lewis, Jonathan, Izumi Nakamitsu and Ronald Stade (eds.). Hitotsubashi University and Malmö University (In Japanese, in print).

Hervik, Peter, Elisabeth Eide, and Risto Kunelius. 2008. A Long and Messy Event. In Transnational Media Events. The Mohammed Cartoons and the Imagined Clash of Civilizations. Eide, Elizabeth, Risto Kunelius, Risto & Angela Phillips (eds.), pp. 29-38. Nordicom: Gothenburg.

Boe, Carolina Sanchez & Peter Hervik. 2008. Integration through Insult. In Transnational Media Events. The Mohammed Cartoons and the Imagined Clash of Civilizations. Eide, Elizabeth, Risto Kunelius, Risto & Angela Phillips (eds.), pp. 213-234. Nordicom: Gothenburg.

Hervik, Peter. 2008. The Original Spin and its Side Effects: Freedom Speech as Danish News Management. In Transnational Media Events. The Mohammed Cartoons and the Imagined Clash of Civilizations. Eide, Elizabeth, Risto Kunelius, Risto & Angela Phillips (eds.), pp. 59-80. Nordicom: Gothenburg.

Hervik, Peter and Clarissa Berg.
2007 Denmark: A political struggle in Danish journalism” In “Reading the Mohammed cartoons controversy. An International Analysis of Press Discourses on Free Speech and Political Spin.” Kunelius, Risto, Elisabeth Eide, Oliver Hahn and Roland Schroeder (eds.). Pp. 25-39. Working Papers in International Journalism. Projekt Verlag GbR, Bochum/Freiberg.

Hervik, Peter and Clarissa Berg.
2007 “Muhammad krisen. En politisk kamp i dansk journalistik.” AMID Working Paper Series. AMID, Aalborg.

2006 The Emergence of Neo-nationalism in Denmark, 1992-2001. In Neo-Nationalism in Europe and Beyond: Perspectives from Social Anthropology. Gingrich, Andre aqnd Marcus Banks, (eds.). Pp. 136-161. Berghan Books: Oxford. ISBN 1-84545-190-2

2006 Limits of Tolerance and Limited Tolerance: How Tolerant are the Danes? In Racism in Metropolitan Areas, Pinxten, Rik & Ellen Preckler (eds.). Pp. 35-53. Berghan Books: Oxford Paperback. ISBN 1-84545-089-2

2006 The Predictable Responses to the Danish Cartoons. Commentary. Global Media and Communication Vol 2:225-230.

2006 Comment on: ”Reconfiguring Scholarly Authority. Reflections Based on Anthropological Studies in Norway” by Marianne Gullestad. Current Anthropology. 47(6):926-927, 2006.

Hervik, Peter & Kahn, Hilary E.
2006 Scholarly Surrealism: The Persistence of Mayanness. Critique of Anthropology 26(2):209-232.

2004 The New Racism in Europe. Editor of theme issue. Ethnos. Vol. 69(2).
– Introduction: Anthropological Perspectives on the New Racism in Europe. Ethnos. Pp. 149-155.
– The Danish Cultural World of Unbridgeable Differences. Ethnos. Pp. 247-267.

Hervik, Peter and Rytter, Mikkel
2004 Med ägteskab i focus. I Ägtefällesammenföring i Danmark. Udredning nr 1, kapitel 6, 131-160. Institut for Menneskerettigheder, Köbenhavn.

2003 Det danske fjendebillede. In Islam i bevægelse, Sheikh, M., Fatih Alev, Babar Baig og Noman Malik (eds.). Pp.182-200. Akademisk Forlag: København.

2003 Etnicitet og mediernes skildring af de etniske minoriteter. Et antropologisk perspektiv. In Medierne, minoriteterne og det multikulturelle samfund. Skandinaviske perspektiver. Tufte, Thomas (ed.). Pp. 23-37. Nordicom: Gøteborg.

2003 Teaching Anthropology in Norway and Denmark. In Educational Histories of European Social Anthropology. Dracklé, Dorle, I. R. Edgar & T. K. Schippers (eds.). Pp. 36-54. Berghan Books: Oxford.

2003 På jagt efter danskheden. Grus 68:24-46.

Hervik, Peter and Rytter, Mikkel
2003 General Implications and Explanations from an anthropological perspective. In The Danish Institute for Human Rights’ contribution to The European Racism and Xenophobia Information Network Report Raxen 4. 1 January – 1 September 2003. Pp. 40-50. The Danish Institute for Human Rights: Copenhagen.

2002 Dansk nationalisme og den generende forskellighed. Religion. Tidsskrift for Religionslærerforeningen for Gymnasiet og HF, nr. 3, September, pp. 38-43.

Hervik, Peter & Jørgensen, Rikke Egaa
2002 Danske benægtelser af racisme. Sosiologi i dag 32(4): 83-102.

2001 Hummer og kanari. Bok-kronikk. Nielsen, Finn Sivert & Olaf H. Smedal (eds.), Mellom himmel og jord. Tradisjoner, teorier og tendenser i sosialantropologien. Fagbokforlaget: Bergen. Tidsskrift for Samfunnsforskning, årgang 41(1):111-123.

2001 Lighedens Diskrimination: Den danske farveblindhed i det flerkulturelle samfund. Mennesker og Rettigheder. Nordic Journal for Human Rights, Nr. 2:41-53.

2001 Mellem døde og levende mayaer. In Rejsen til majsmenneskenes land, pp. 15-17. Dansk-/religionshæfte. Operation Dagsværk, 2001.

2001 Narrations of Shifting Maya Identities. Bulletin of Latin American Research, Vol. 20, No. 3:342-359.

1999 Forskellighedens logik: Forestillingen, fremstillingen og forskningen. In Hervik, P. (ed.) (1999), chapter 1, 15-50.

1999 Ny-racisme – politisk og folkelig. In Hervik, P. (ed.) (1999), chapter 4, 108-132.

Fadel Holm, Ulla, Hervik, Peter & Vestergaard, Gitte
1999 De ‘besværlige’ somaliere. In Hervik, P. (ed.) (1999), chapter 6, 133-170

1998 Internalization of Danish Discourses of Cultural Diversity: Reflections on the Limits of Discourse Analysis. Occasional Paper No 58, Department of Intercultural Communication and Management, CBS, Copenhagen Business School, 42.

1998 The Mysterious Maya of National Geographic. Journal of Latin American Anthropology, vol. 4(1): 166-197.

1997 Personal Space: The Management of Diversity in North Carolina Schools. Folk – Journal of the Danish Ethnographic Society 39:45-55.

1995 Don Iz har Ondt i Maven. Tidsskriftet Antropologi 31: 65-80.

1995 Participant Observation in Popular Religion. Folk – Journal of the Danish Ethnographic Society 37:25-49.

1995 Las Categorías Sociales de Yucatán. Boletin de la Escuela de Ciencias Antropológicas de la Universidad de Yucatán Vol. 20 No. 119:5-43.

1994 Shared Reasoning in the Field: Reflexivity Beyond the Author. In Social Experience and Anthropological Knowledge, Hastrup, K. and Peter Hervik (eds.). Pp.78-100. Routledge: London and New York.

1994 Social Categories in Yucatan. Working Paper Series 14: The Duke – University of North Carolina Program Latin American Studies Program.

1992 “Før og Nu, Os og Dem” – kulturmøder i den ny verden. In Møde mellem to verdener, Tybjerg, Tove and Hjørdis Nielsen (eds.), theme issue of Chaos, 2:121-137.

1992 Learning to be ‘Indian’: Aspects of new ethnic and cultural identity of the Maya of Yucatan. Folk – Journal of the Danish Ethnographic Society 34: 63-80.

1992 Maya Culture – Beyond Boundaries. Ethnos 57:3-4:183-199.

1991 Truende Mission? Nationale fjendebilleder og kulturelle trusler. Tidsskriftet Antropologi 23:113-122.