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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

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

James Duggan

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447355342.003.0004

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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