On Belonging: Finding Connection in an Age of Isolation

On Belonging: Finding Connection in an Age of Isolation

by Kim Samuel
On Belonging: Finding Connection in an Age of Isolation

On Belonging: Finding Connection in an Age of Isolation

by Kim Samuel


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In an age of social isolation, what does it mean to belong? “In this timely, warm, and persuasive book, [Kim Samuel] shares stories and solutions for reclaiming common purpose and authentic connection. On Belonging is essential reading for anyone who wants to imagine and build a more inclusive future.”—Timothy Shriver, chairman of Special Olympics

Humanity is at an inflection point. Stress, disconnection, and increasing environmental degradation have people yearning for more than just material progress, personal freedom, or political stability. We are searching for deeper connection. We are longing to belong.

On Belonging is an exploration of the crisis of social isolation and of the fundamental human need to belong. It considers belonging across four core dimensions: in our relationships with other people, in our rootedness in nature, in our ability to influence political and economic decision-making, and in our finding of meaning and purpose in our lives, with lessons on how to create communities centered on human connection.

A trailblazing advocate and thought leader on questions of social connectedness, Kim Samuel introduces readers to leaders around the world who are doing the work to cultivate belonging. Whether through sports, medicine, music, business, culture, or advocacy, the people and programs in this book offer us meaningful lessons on building a world where we all feel at home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419753039
Publisher: Abrams Press
Publication date: 09/13/2022
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 516,249
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Kim Samuel is an activist, educator, and movement builder. She is the founder of the Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness and an academic lecturer at institutions including Oxford, Harvard, and McGill Universities. Samuel was recently named visiting scholar at the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, University of Oxford and the first-ever Fulbright Canada ambassador for diversity and social connectedness. She lives in Toronto.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Chapter 1 Patterns of Belonging 1

Chapter 2 Understanding Social Isolation 18

Chapter 3 The Shadow Side of Belonging 40

Chapter 4 The Quest for Belonging 58

Chapter 5 At Home within Ourselves 79

Chapter 6 The True Value of Place 100

Chapter 7 Designing the City of Imagination 121

Chapter 8 Reciprocal Caregiving 145

Chapter 9 Systems of Belonging 167

Chapter 10 The Right to Belong 192

Chapter 11 Belonging to a Shared Global Future 213

In Gratitude 243

Notes 251

Index 281

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