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
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.