The Correlates of Loneliness

Modern Loneliness in Historical Perspective

Author(s): K. D. M. Snell

Pp: 3-33 (31)

DOI: 10.2174/9781681080703116010003

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This chapter discusses the potential for a history of loneliness. It opens up historical handling of loneliness as a theme, pointing to the issues of health, coping strategies, theories of change, locational questions, and issues concerning the family and historical demography. It assesses how lone-living influences analysis of loneliness, and considers in this connection the marked growth of sole living in Western societies.

Keywords: Ageing, Aloneness, Individualism, Isolation, Loneliness, Nuclear family, Singletons, Solitaries, The elderly, Welfare.

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