Paper $34.95 ISBN: 9781447355359 Will Publish May 2020 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9781447355342 Will Publish May 2020 For sale in North and South America only

Young and Lonely

The Social Conditions of Loneliness

Janet Batsleer and James Duggan

Young and Lonely

Janet Batsleer and James Duggan

Distributed for Bristol University Press

128 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
Paper $34.95 ISBN: 9781447355359 Will Publish May 2020 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9781447355342 Will Publish May 2020 For sale in North and South America only
Though we tend to think of youth as a time of connection and involvement, loneliness is an acute problem for young people today. This book presents evidence of young people’s experience of loneliness and connection and sets them in the context of long-standing cultural and historical discussions of loneliness and solitude, friendship and belonging. Young and Lonely argues that loneliness should not be considered only or even primarily as a psychological disorder, even while acknowledging that severe loneliness may be connected to forms of psychological and emotional distress. Instead, the authors propose shifting narratives about loneliness toward a more engaged conversation that gives a more full and complex social account of the experience rather than seeing it as a problem that individuals have to solve on their own.
Contents
Finding Oneself a Loneliness Agenda 
I’m New Here: Creating a New Research Project and a Young Person Led Research Agenda

Part One: The Social Conditions of Loneliness Loneliness and Poverty
Being an Outsider The Education System, Aspiration and Loneliness 

Part Two: The Experience of Loneliness Transitions Loss, Grief and Loneliness
Being Left Out Online Spaces and Connection

Part 3: 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
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