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Young and LonelyThe Social Conditions of Loneliness$
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Janet Batsleer and James Duggan

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447355342

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447355342.001.0001

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Finding oneself a loneliness agenda

Finding oneself a loneliness agenda

(p.11) 2 Finding oneself a loneliness agenda
Young and Lonely

Janet Batsleer

James Duggan

Policy Press

This chapter explores the policy, practice and media contexts surrounding the emergence of the youth loneliness agenda. To understand the social conditions of loneliness it is necessary to locate youth loneliness in the neoliberalising policy context, and the intersections between neoliberalism and the individualising tendencies of psychological research and loneliness interventions. Finally, the chapter questions the representation of youth loneliness, especially how loneliness emerges and spreads, through notions of contagion and crisis.

Keywords:   Loneliness agenda, Neoliberalism, Austerity, Individualisation, Contagion, Crisis

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