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Anthony Giddens, Baron Giddens MAE born is an English sociologist who is known for his theory of structuration and his holistic view of modern societies.

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Global 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 ethnographic data from her study of "Bygdaby," the fictional name of an actual rural community in wes Global warming is the most significant environmental issue of our time, yet public response in Western nations has been meager.

In Living in Denial , sociologist Kari Norgaard searches for answers to this question, drawing on interviews and ethnographic data from her study of "Bygdaby," the fictional name of an actual rural community in western Norway, during the unusually warm winter of In the first snowfall came to Bygdaby two months later than usual; ice fishing was impossible; and the ski industry had to invest substantially in artificial snow-making.

Stories in local and national newspapers linked the warm winter explicitly to global warming. Yet residents did not write letters to the editor, pressure politicians, or cut down on use of fossil fuels.

Norgaard attributes this lack of response to the phenomenon of socially organized denial, by which information about climate science is known 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 knowledge and unimaginable. Norgaard traces this denial through multiple levels, from emotions to cultural norms to political economy. 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.

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Could you please tell me where I can buy it? See 1 question about Living in Denial…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Sep 30, Andrea McDowell rated it it was amazing Shelves: green , social-and-cultural , the-end-of-the-world , , climate.

This is a book about everything. Technically, yes, it's a book about how people deny climate change; but the theoretical lenses in it are useful for just about any issue you might choose. There were mind fireworks going off all over the place for me--seeing how, on one point, what the author discusses perfectly describes and explains something I have seen over and over again on climate change actions, and how at the same time it applies to other social movements from feminism to LGBT and class is This is a book about everything.

There were mind fireworks going off all over the place for me--seeing how, on one point, what the author discusses perfectly describes and explains something I have seen over and over again on climate change actions, and how at the same time it applies to other social movements from feminism to LGBT and class issues, as well as personal- and family-level issues like addictions and mental health. Normally, I read books on climate change very, very carefully.

Not this one. This one, I want to bronze, except then I couldn't reread it. While Norgaard does touch on the issue of organized climate denial a la the Koch brothers and Exxon, it is mostly about the small-scale, community and individual denials we undertake to manage our emotional responses. After all, she asks--even in the United States, a majority of people say they believe the climate is changing and that this is a serious issue. And yet even these people are not acting.

The disconnect, Norgaard argues, is that people feel so scared, guilty and helpless, that they turn to emotion-management strategies instead of political or social action. These are described in some detail--in some cases, repetitive detail. But it is convincing and certainly fits my own professional and volunteer experiences.

Much of denial, she argues, is socially mediated and organized: we have created societies where talking about climate change along with a host of other issues is considered rude in many contexts, unless it's in the form of a joke. Coincidentally, the Fort McMurray wildfire took place right when I read the book, and I saw this play out in my own country in real time: here we have the Canadian municipal symbol of climate change, burning in a wildfire that is a perfect example of climate change impacts The one politician who finally did Elizabeth May was promptly excoriated by the Prime Minister and the NDP leader, and had to backtrack.

It also serves to reinforce and protect global privilege. The wealthy residents of first world nations, through denial, can reinforce and protect their our destructive lifestyles while reassuring themselves that they are good people with good intentions who don't mean to kill people.

Which is pretty much identical to every other form of privilege and the types of denial that protect them. Incidentally, I found it fascinating and simultaneously crushing how identical the processes of denial Norgaard identifies and describes are to the very techniques psychologists recommend to deal with mental health disorders: i.

With alcoholism, people and families unhealthily decide what to pay attention to and what to ignore to act as if it is not destroying their lives; with climate change and sexism, racism, classism, etc. That is depressing as shit. And not a coincidence, I am sure. Norgaard offers no hope, which is consistent with her research--only a vague idea that if we start working on climate change locally, people may make these connections and feel empowered enough that they can deal with the guilt, powerlessness and fear through more constructive means.

Personally, I wonder how we could make the public expression of guilt, fear and powerlessness socially acceptable enough to have the conversations and experiences that we are so terrified of having, and see what comes of that. If denial on this scale is basically a culture-wide reproduction of the same kind of process that allows, for example, a wife in Austria to remain ignorant of her husband keeping their daughter locked in a secret room in the basement so he can rape her for 18 years, or a husband to not notice his wife's abuse of their children and inability to control her spending, then one might consider using similar techniques as work in those contexts.

Eventually they might be confronted with evidence so overwhelming that they can no longer continue denying reality. Say, if your husband is arrested and charged with incest and the children who randomly showed up on your doorstep are genetically proven to be the offspring of your husband and daughter. And eventually, maybe not. So instead of trying to convince everyone of the reality of climate change which, as Norgaard takes some pains to describe, actually backfires because increasing levels of awareness and scientific knowledge on this issue are inversely correlated with levels of concern and willingness to act , allow people who are determined not to know better, not to know better--unless you need them.

There is no way to do this painlessly. Break down the fucking denial with a god-damned hatchet. It is not going to be comfortable. There will be grief, rage, depression, mourning, and terror; these are unpleasant experiences, but not fatal. Stop trying to protect people from feeling terrible about a terrible situation.

What Norgaard proposes is the climate equivalent of the family of an alcoholic trying to deal with the alcoholism by discussing the financial issues with a debt-management specialist, and hoping that eventually this translates into a willingness to confront the drinking. I've never seen this work. What happens, in my experience, is that denial works for years or decades and everything ticks along swimmingly with disaster under the surface, until someone goes under all at once and almost drowns in it, and then learns to swim, and then recovers.

So my personal takeaway is this: Be as socially inappropriate about climate change as you can handle. Feel like shit about it. Be as angry, guilty, scared, and powerless as you really are, when you let yourself think about it. Don't cover it up when you talk to people. Don't make it a joke. Bring it up when you know you're not supposed to.

Make people uncomfortable. Be uncomfortable. When you find people who are willing to go there with you, talk to them more, get together, make plans. View 2 comments. Nov 13, Brian rated it liked it. Norgaard goes in depth explaining how apathy takes work to create - and that apathy can in fact plague people who are otherwise very empathetic when they feel a problem is just too overwhelming and unstoppable.

She explains how dominant social structures discourage challenging the status quo and that tackling climate change would require toppling nearly every status quo on the planet.

While I liked these points, this really is more of an academic paper than a book. It's not a light or breezy read and I found myself fighting the urge to skip pages or entire chapters. Compared to a book like The Great Derangement by Amitav Ghosh which looks at other reasons for the lack of serious considerations of climate change but manages to be entertaining and captivating throughout the process.

I would not recommend reading this book unless you are doing research related to this field, but I do think it has some valuable insights. The cliffnotes you see in this review and others should lay out all the most salient points. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

To view it, click here. This book is devastating and wonderful.

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An analysis of why people with knowledge about climate change often fail to translate that knowledge into action. Global 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 ethnographic data from her study of "Bygdaby," the fictional name of an actual rural community in western Norway, during the unusually warm winter of In the first snowfall came to Bygdaby two months later than usual; ice fishing was impossible; and the ski industry had to invest substantially in artificial snow-making.

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