The purpose of this project is to examine how the structure of our society affects the present climate crisis, and how both the structures and the climate crisis affects the individual in the modern western world. Our project has a point of departure in Naomi Klein’s book Intet bliver som før - kapitalisme vs. klima, which we based our analysis upon. This book gave us an insight into how capitalism effects the climate and why healthy climate and capitalism are seemingly inconsistent. Our analysis forms the basis of our discussion, that examines the individual responds to the crisis in light of the social and cultural norms. For this purpose we have used multiple theories concerning the human psyche and the social structure’s influence on the individual. Our project found that capitalism tends to have an impact on the behaviour of the individual, and threatens the individual’s opportunity to react adequately to the climate crisis. The economic ideology of capitalism controls the social structures, the ideology also affects our behaviour. Owing to the large influence of capitalism and consumer culture, the individual’s attempt to change its ways of living and its ways of acting becomes difficult.
The capitalist structures affect the individual’s desire, which creates consumer culture that strengthens capitalism. Due to the climate crisis, and the incompatible relationship between the individual’s morality and desires, the individual experiences a mental discomfort: cognitive dissonance. In the attempt to eliminate or reduce this dissonance, the state of denial often occurs, since it functions as a defence mechanism, when reality changes and life as we know it ends.
|Uddannelser||Basis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis|
|Udgivelsesdato||27 maj 2019|