It Takes a Village to Make Someone Lonely
This webinar is hosted by Center for Practice Transformation
Current understandings of loneliness are guided by highly individualistic and neoliberal notions that restrict our ability to address this problem. In this presentation, I will propose an alternative approach that takes into account the social context where loneliness often emerges. I will defend the need for a more social understanding of loneliness as a property of communities rather than individuals and present studies demonstrating how loneliness emerges in a social context, often due to exclusion. The presentation will end with a discussion of the implications of this shift in focus from loneliness as the result of individual deficits to loneliness as a fundamental social justice issue.