Katriona McColl
Anomie in Alberta: Oil, Identity, and the Climate Crisis
Mentor: Dr. André Lambelet
Why Wexit? Albertan separatist movements are inextricably linked to the oil and gas industry as a source of identity. Using Robert Merton’s concept of anomie and Hannah Arendt’s theory of the masses, we can begin to appreciate why some might be drawn to movements like Wexit. The climate crisis has put the Albertan identity in jeopardy, leaving people in Alberta feeling vilified and superfluous. Understanding the underlying emotional rationale for movements like Wexit is key to diffusing their dangerous power.
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