On facing the crucial psychosocial and political-economic dimensions of anthropogenic global warming


Anthropogenic global warming is one of the most significant existential threats facing the human species. Nonetheless, most individuals largely conduct their lives in a manner that does not fully acknowledge, let alone effectively deal with this threat. This field note argues that both a psychosocial and political-economic approach could offer more in-depth perspectives to understand anthropogenic global warming and potential avenues to investigate it moving forward. In so doing, it is argued that climate change policy recommendations, and associated political action, could benefit from taking into account the dimension of our psyches on an individual and collective level, as well as the political-economic context of anthropogenic global warming.

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Danil, L.R. On facing the crucial psychosocial and political-economic dimensions of anthropogenic global warming. Psychoanal Cult Soc 25, 271–282 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1057/s41282-020-00165-6

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  • anthropogenic global warming
  • climate change
  • psychosocial
  • political economy