2011-05-25 04:57:34Why Even People Who Believe in Climate Change Do Nothing About It
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Living in Denial: Why Even People Who Believe in Climate Change Do Nothing About It

 

By Christine Shearer, Left Eye on Books
Posted on May 19, 2011, Printed on May 24, 2011
http://www.alternet.org/story/151011/living_in_denial%3A_why_even_people_who_believe_in_climate_change_do_nothing_about_it

Don’t be fooled by the title of Kari Marie Norgaard’s Living in Denial - this is not a book about people who reject the basic science of climate change (I’m looking at you, Koch brothers and Exxon). This is a book about many of us, and how we to varying degrees live in denial. Although focusing on a small rural community in Norway, Norgaard sheds light on how people systematically interact in ways that serve to downplay or ignore climate change, and avoid the unsettling emotions it raises.

In the Introduction, Norgaard says she is looking at climate change to build a model of socially organized denial, where denial is not just an individual, psychological process, but one that occurs through social interaction. By denial, she means Stanley Cohen’s three varieties of denial: literal, interpretive, and implicatory. Literal is outright dismissal of information (i.e. climate change deniers). Interpretive means reinterpretation of information (perhaps thinking climate change is natural, or will not be that bad).

Implicatory is Norgaard’s main focus, meaning the information is not rejected but the psychological, political, or moral implications are not followed. This is the heart of the book: why those who know about climate change fail to act on that knowledge. In that sense, Norgaard is not interested in climate change activists, but why so many who accept the science don’t act, and how this inaction becomes a cultural norm (similar to what political theorist Antonio Gramsci calls hegemony).

To access the entire review, go to:

http://www.alternet.org/story/151011/living_in_denial%3A_why_even_people_who_believe_in_climate_change_do_nothing_about_it?akid=7007.175317.ovOgmo&rd=1&t=5

 

2011-05-25 05:06:01Cross-post on SkS?
John Hartz
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This review would make an excellent cross-post for SkS. It ties directly to gypos's

Hooks, Roles, and the Climate Change Blame Game