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- DescriptionGlobal warming is the most significant environmental issue of our time, yet public response in Western nations has been meager. Why have so few taken any action? In Living in Denial, sociologist Kari Norgaard searches for answers to this question, drawing on interviews and ethgraphic data from her study of Bygdaby, the fictional name of an actual rural community in western Norway, during the unusually warm winter of 2000-2001. In 2000-2001 the first swfall came to Bygdaby two months later than usual; ice fishing was impossible; and the ski industry had to invest substantially in artificial sw-making. Stories in local and national newspapers linked the warm winter explicitly to global warming. Yet residents did t write letters to the editor, pressure politicians, or cut down on use of fossil fuels. Norgaard attributes this lack of response to the phemen of socially organized denial, by which information about climate science is kwn in the abstract but disconnected from political, social, and private life, and sees this as emblematic of how citizens of industrialized countries are responding to global warming. Norgaard finds that for the highly educated and politically savvy residents of Bygdaby, global warming was both common kwledge and unimaginable. Norgaard traces this denial through multiple levels, from emotions to cultural rms to political ecomy. Her report from Bygdaby, supplemented by comparisons throughout the book to the United States, tells a larger story behind our paralysis in the face of today's alarming predictions from climate scientists.
- Author BiographyKari Marie Norgaard is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon.
- Author(s)Kari Marie Norgaard
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication05/04/2011
- SubjectEnvironment & Planning
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Out-of-print date28/09/2016
- Content Note11 figures, 5 tables
- Weight544 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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