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Loneliness in Later Life

Loneliness in Later Life

by H. Gibson, Hamilton B. Gibson, Peter Laslett
     
 

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Loneliness in Later Life concerns the personal and social changes associated with ageing, a topic which is becoming increasingly popular as the number of those in the Third Age themselves reaches unprecedented levels. It analyses the nature of loneliness, clearly distinguishing it from the experience of solitary living, which in its turn is explored, and valued.

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Loneliness in Later Life concerns the personal and social changes associated with ageing, a topic which is becoming increasingly popular as the number of those in the Third Age themselves reaches unprecedented levels. It analyses the nature of loneliness, clearly distinguishing it from the experience of solitary living, which in its turn is explored, and valued. Through an examination of material drawn from literature and moderen research, including the author's own experience, the book arrives at the happy conclusion that older people are not in general, lonelier than when younger.

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Gibson (University of Hertfordshire) questions the assumption that old age necessarily entails loneliness, drawing on material from literature and modern research, including his own. He describes and analyzes different types of loneliness, distinguishing between loneliness and solitary living, which may be deliberately sought and appreciated, and looks at how factors such as bereavement, poverty, and ill health contribute to loneliness. He looks at themes of loneliness in the work of authors including Charles Dickens, William Golding, and James Joyce, and discusses positive aspects of being alone and ways to remain active. Not a candidate for the self-help shelf, due to its scholarly tone and reader-unfriendly layout. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780333920176
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date:
10/11/2000
Edition description:
2000
Pages:
150
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Hamilton B. Gibson is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Hertfordshire.

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