Loneliness : A Social Problem book cover
1st Edition

A Social Problem

ISBN 9780367660918
Published September 30, 2020 by Routledge
240 Pages

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Book Description

In recent years its medical implications have brought loneliness to the centre of attention of mass media, government agents, and the general public. However, as this volume demonstrates, loneliness is not merely a psychological, individual, or health issue. In multiple ways, it is a serious social problem as well.

Yang urges fellow researchers and scientists to broaden the existing definition and classification of loneliness, to measure loneliness with greater accuracy, and to establish more specifically the connection between loneliness and particular illness. Drawing on vast sources of data including literary works, case studies, and large-scale sample surveys covering a broad spectrum of countries (Europe and beyond), the empirical research of this study produces and presents simple but effective evidence for the social nature and variations of loneliness.

Examining loneliness at higher levels, including ethnic groups, classes, national cultures, and societies, Loneliness will appeal to students and researchers interested in areas such as sociology, pyschology, and mental health.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables


Chapter 1 Loneliness: Is it a problem?

Chapter 2 Loneliness as a social problem
Chapter 3 Loneliness: A problem only for older people?

Chapter 4 Aloneness, Loneliness, and Solitude

Chapter 5 Lonely among others

Chapter 6 Loneliness across social groups

Chapter 7 Loneliness and class

Chapter 8 National disposition towards loneliness

Chapter 9 Tackling loneliness: Messages to the lonely and the non-lonely

Chapter 10 Conclusions and reflections



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Keming Yang is an associate professor of sociology at Durham University, UK