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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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The education system, aspiration and loneliness

The education system, aspiration and loneliness

(p.61) 6 The education system, aspiration and loneliness
Young and Lonely

Janet Batsleer

James Duggan

Policy Press

The normalised pressures which the current education system places on young people, into their twenties and beyond, mean that the regular summer reporting on the exam results of particular cohorts of young people are followed by reports of an increasing incidence of mental health problems and suicidality. Beginning with young people’s discussions of aspiration during the research project,this chapter points to the fact that discussions of aspiration, achievement and failure of aspiration in educational research have not engaged with the emotional dynamic created especially for working class students leaving their families through educational mobility nor by the belief that ‘success is individual.’ The subheadings of Instrumentality and Achievement; Individualism; On (Not) DisappointingParents and Unhappiness as Loneliness frame the discussion.

Keywords:   Aspiration, Achievement and Failure, Working Class ‘Mobility’ and Loneliness, Success as Individual, Disappointment

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