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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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Loneliness and poverty

Loneliness and poverty

(p.39) 4 Loneliness and poverty
Young and Lonely

Janet Batsleer

James Duggan

Policy Press

Poverty intensifies loneliness. The impact that lack of money has on the ability to take part in small celebrations and get-togethers that others take for granted intensifies loneliness. The inability to join in and a failure to be able to provide for oneself at a time when young people are meant to be learning to ‘stand on their own two feet’ is accompanied by a strong sense of shame. Poverty is associated with physical isolation in ‘uncared for places’. There can be an association between the shame of poverty and a cycle of mental ill-health and drug use/abuse which intensifies isolation. The concept of ‘social abjection’ is introduced as a means to understand the loneliness associated with poverty.

Keywords:   Poverty, Lack of money, Physical isolation, Uncared for places, Mental health, Shame, Social abjection

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