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Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions, and Everyday Life

Kari Marie Norgaard


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? This book explores answers to this question, drawing on interviews and ethnographic data from the author’s study of “Bygdaby,” the fictional name of an actual rural community in western Norway, during the unusually warm winter of 2000–2001. From 2000–2001, 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 loc ... More

Keywords: ethnographic data, Bygdaby, western Norway, warm winter, socially organized denial, cultural norms, political economy, United States

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780262015448
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015448.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kari Marie Norgaard, author