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1st Edition

Social Isolation in Modern Society

ISBN 9780415543880
Published March 6, 2009 by Routledge
308 Pages

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Book Description

Social isolation has serious repercussions for people and communities across the globe, yet knowledge about this phenomenon has remained rather limited – until now.

The first multidisciplinary study to explore this issue, Social Isolation in Modern Society integrates relevant research traditions in the social sciences and brings together sociological theories of social networks and psychological theories of feelings of loneliness. Both traditions are embedded in research, with the results of a large-scale international study being used to describe the extent, nature and divergent manifestations of social isolation.

With a new approach to social inequality, this empirically based study includes concrete policy recommendations, and presents a clear insight into personal, social and socio-economic causes and the consequences of social isolation.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Social Isolation  1. The Issue of Social Isolation  2. Theories on Social Contacts and Social Isolation  3. A Typology of Social Contacts  Part 2: Personal and Social Factors  4. Life Events and Social Isolation  5. Personal Competences and Social Isolation  6. Health and Social Isolation  7. Social Isolation: Formal and Informal Support  8. Societal Participation and Social Isolation  9. Social Environment and Social Isolation  Part 3: Comparisons and Differentiation  10. Social Isolation in City and Countryside  11. Social Isolation: A Combined Analysis  12. The Social Contact Typology: A Further Subgroup Profiling Part 4: Reflections  13. Research on Social Isolation into Perspective  14. Towards a New Policy Vision on Social Isolation  Appendices  References  Index

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Roelof Hortulanus is a senior lecturer in urban sociology in the Interdisciplinary Social Science Department at Utrecht University, The Netherlands.

Anja Machielse is a lecturer in the Interdisciplinary Social Science

Department at Utrecht University.

Ludwien Meeuwesen is an associate professor in the Interdisciplinary Social Science Department at Utrecht University.