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Uncovering the IUD: A study of the Danish Intrauterine Device program in Greenland in the 1960s
Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), Department of Global Political Studies (GPS).
2023 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 12 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In the 1960s the Danish state initiated a national IUD program  for Greenlandic women in childbearing age, in Greenland. The initiative was made to bring down the Greenlandic birthrate that at the time was the highest in the world. 4500 women down to 13 years of age got the IUD, many of them without consent. This has brought a question forward of Danish denial of the colonial past, and the idea that Denmark was an exception in the general brutality of the western colonialism. This thesis questions the perceived legitimacy the Danish IUD program, by investigating which discourses was a part of forming the necessity of the IUD program in Greenland in the 1960. The discourse analysis focus on the Danish identity construction of the Greenlanders and Danes. The study approaches the idea put forward in the Danish media that the IUD program was an economic decision. However, the thesis finds, by analyzing the economic argument, that the identity construction of the Greenlandic women as promiscuous, was the decisive factor, that resulted in the IUD program.

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2023. , p. 44
Keywords [en]
Greenland, discourse analysis, sexuality, IUD, 1960's
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-62714OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-62714DiVA, id: diva2:1798657
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KS GPS Peace and Conflict Studies
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Available from: 2023-10-26 Created: 2023-09-19 Last updated: 2023-10-26Bibliographically approved

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