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Living in DenialClimate Change, Emotions, and Everyday Life$
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Kari Marie Norgaard

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015448

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015448.001.0001

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The Cultural Tool Kit, Part One: Cultural Norms of Attention, Emotion, and Conversation

The Cultural Tool Kit, Part One: Cultural Norms of Attention, Emotion, and Conversation

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(p.97) 4 The Cultural Tool Kit, Part One: Cultural Norms of Attention, Emotion, and Conversation
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Living in Denial
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Kari Marie Norgaard

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015448.003.0005

This chapter discusses the role of cultural norms in addressing issues of climate change. These cultural norms include attention, emotion, and conversation, which play a key role in addressing these issues in different societies, including that of Bygdaby. The topic of climate change finds occasional mention in conversations among the citizens of Bygdaby. The chapter suggests that political discussions can be another forum where issues of climate change can be discussed. In Bygdaby, political parties have specific agendas for party meetings. These meetings focus on political strategies, fund and budget allocations, and local development issues, without much emphasis on global warming. Educators also fail to create awareness among students regarding the adverse impact of global warming, with the belief that this will demoralize the students. The chapter concludes that social gatherings and interviews fail to encourage serious discussions on climate change.

Keywords:   climate change, global warming, political strategies, educators, social gatherings

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