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Young and Lonely

The Social Conditions of Loneliness

By Janet Batsleer and James Duggan

Published

9 Nov 2020

Page count

128 pages

ISBN

978-1447355359

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

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Policy Press

Published

9 Nov 2020

Page count

128 pages

ISBN

978-1447355342

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

9 Nov 2020

Page count

128 pages

ISBN

978-1447355373

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press
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    Young and Lonely

    Anchored in accounts of young people’s personal experiences of loneliness, this book addresses important questions about tackling today’s epidemic of loneliness among young people.

    It explores experiences of loneliness in early life, how it is navigated when first encountered and considers how social conditions of poverty, precarity, inequality and competitive pressures to succeed can dramatically influence these feelings.

    Presenting diverse and nuanced social accounts of loneliness, the authors explore ways to harness its creative and positive potential and provide evidence-based recommendations for policymakers, practitioners and young people to help tackle the crisis.

    "A timely book which questions conventional approaches to the question of youth loneliness and advocates a multi-dimensional approach that incorporates the positive aspects of solitude and being alone." Jean Spence, Independent writer

    Janet Batsleer is a Reader in Youth and Community at Manchester Metropolitan University.

    James Duggan is a Research Fellow in Childhood, Youth and Education studies at Manchester Metropolitan University.

    Animate, attune, amplify

    Finding oneself a loneliness agenda

    I’m new here: creating a new research project and a young person led research agenda

    PART I: The social conditions of loneliness

    Loneliness and poverty

    Being an outsider

    The education system, aspiration and loneliness

    PART II: The experience of loneliness

    Transitions

    Loss, grief and loneliness

    Being left out

    Online spaces and connection

    PART III: Building friendship and connection

    Asking for help and offering connection

    Youth work as a method

    Creativity and solidarity as method: the example of Missing and other stories

    New ways for thinking and feeling loneliness