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Places of belonging, loneliness and lockdown


Franklin, A and Tranter, B, Places of belonging, loneliness and lockdown, Thesis Eleven, 172, (1) ISSN 0725-5136 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/072551362211331


We report new data from a survey of loneliness in Australia during the Covid-19 lockdowns of 2020-21, in order to identify those age groups most at risk of increased loneliness. Counter-intuitively, proportionately fewer elderly Australians experienced increased loneliness as a result of lockdowns, as compared with 44% of those aged 19-29 and 31% of those aged 40-49. To explain this pattern, we investigated how lockdowns disturbed the complex connections between types of place affordance and the age-specific cultural scripts that normally give rise to a sense of belonging. For younger age groups, such scripts demand their identification with future orientations and a sense of belonging tied to the more distant and wide-ranging places of career advance, meeting, play, and pleasure that lockdown inhibited. By contrast, older retired cohorts were more inclined to frame their sense of belonging in the past through the maintenance of community connections and closer place-bonds of their locality, cultural places of memory and return that they were more happily confined to during lockdowns.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:loneliness, belongingness, Australia, survey
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Urban sociology and community studies
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Social structure and health
UTAS Author:Franklin, A (Professor Adrian Franklin)
UTAS Author:Tranter, B (Professor Bruce Tranter)
ID Code:149765
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2022-04-11
Last Modified:2023-01-09

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