“ People Want to Protect Themselves a Little Bit ” : Emotions , Denial , and Social Movement Nonparticipation *

  title={“ People Want to Protect Themselves a Little Bit ” : Emotions , Denial , and Social Movement Nonparticipation *},
  author={Kari Marie Norgaard},
Emotions can be a source of information and an impetus for social action, but the desire to avoid unpleasant emotions and the need for emotion management can also prevent social movement participation. Ethnographic and interview data from a rural Norwegian community describes how people avoided thinking about climate change in part because doing so raised fears of ontological security, emotions of helplessness and guilt, and was a threat to individual and collective senses of identity. In… CONTINUE READING

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