Press and Reviews:
"The Everyday Denial of Climate Change" Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, July 5, 2012
"Social Scientists Try to Break the Climate Change Impass" Chronicle of Higher Education, May 6, 2012
"No Rapture, but the End Days are Upon Us" Chronicle of Higher Education, May 23, 2012
"Sociology Professory Draws Limbaugh's Ire" Eugene Register Guard, April 4, 2012
Folk Vil beskytte seg selv litt (People Want To Protect Themselves a Little Bit) December 2011 in Morgenbladet (Norwegian Weekly Newspaper)
Why Isn't Climate Change on More Lips December 14, 2011 by Kathy Seal in Miller-McCune
How Do We Live With What We Know November 2011 by Rebecca Altman, in Science and Environmental Health Networker
Sociology of Emotions Newsletter Book Review by Chris Hausmann
"Professor Carol Gilligan recommends Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions, and Everyday Life, as one of the five best books her subject- Gender and Human Nature."
On Birth Certificates, Climate Risk and an Inconvenient Mind New York Times Dot Earth Blog April 28, 2011 Andrew Revkin
A Town Called Bygdaby Reviewed by Mike Hulme in Nature Climate Change April 10, 2011 (link to pdf)
Klimathotet får oss att känna skuld Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden's second largest newspaper) December 2, 2010
Inspiring Change: First, Develop Strategies to Dislodge Denial Behavior Change for Sustainability, Australian National Congress, September 16th, 2010
The Psychology of Climate Change Denial Wired Science December 9, 2009 Q and A on Wired.com
"At a time when most climate denial scholarship focusses on an extreme right-wing fringe, Norgaard's strikingly original and fascinating research invites us to see the many ways in which we are all in denial about climate change, and the profound challenges it poses to our identities and cultures. A rare and important book with powerful insights on every page."
Robert J. Brulle, Professor of Sociology and Environmental Science, Drexel University
Drawing on the way Norwegians deal with the reality of global warming, Kari Norgaard provides an incisive account of the way individuals' avoidance patterns reflect social norms of feeling, attending, and discourse. As such, this book is an important step in the development of our sociological understanding of denial.
Eviatar Zerubavel, Board of Governors Professor of Sociology, Rutgers University, and author of Social Mindscapes: An Invitation to Cognitive Sociology and The Elephant in the Room: Silence and Denial in Everyday Life
One of the great unanswered questions in politics is, why is there not more mobilization about more issues? People see all sorts of things they dislike; why don't they do more to change them? 'Free riding' is hardly a sufficient answer. Kari Marie Norgaard provides a much better, ethnographic account by looking at a remote town in Norway, whose citizens work hard to deny the threat posed by global warming. One of the most surprising findings is the amount of emotion work they do to keep from facing up to climate change. Unfortunately for our future, but fortunately for the power of this book, 'Bygdaby' is the world we all inhabit.
James M. Jasper, CUNY Graduate Center
Kari Norgaard has written a rigorous and insightful account about a subtle and profound social problem that confronts the mitigation of climate change--namely, the cognitive and social tools used to deny or ignore a problem even when the populace agrees it should be addressed. The population of Bygdaby holds a solid national image of itself as a humanitarian, egalitarian, nature-loving people who love their snow. Yet they fail to even think coherently about climate change. This startling mismatch makes the storyline of the book quite engaging, and it will undoubtedly be recognized for making an important contribution by explaining how this mismatch is socially produced.
Peter Jacques, Department of Political Science, University of Central Florida
Living in Denial is particularly interesting because of the ethnographic research methods employed, which are unusual in such a field as global climate change. We gain a rich understanding of how people react to information about climate change. This book shows why information-rich programs are inadequate to get the general populace to take action to address this most serious of issues.
Randolph Haluza-DeLay, Department of Sociology, The King's University College, Edmonton; co-editor of Speaking for Ourselves: Environmental Justice in Canada
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