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Reducing loneliness among older people – who is responsible?
Linköpings universitet, Avdelningen Åldrande och social förändring.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2891-646X
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Social Work. Linköpings universitet, Avdelningen Åldrande och social förändring.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1443-5895
2018 (English)In: Ageing & Society, ISSN 0144-686X, E-ISSN 1469-1779Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

In the Swedish news-press, loneliness among older people is presented as a severe problem that needs to be solved. The issue of who is responsible for reducing loneliness and how this responsibility is designated is, however, rarely discussed. In this study, we have analysed how responsibility is designated and constructed in articles from the Swedish news-press. Focus has been on identifying responsibility in discourses proceeding from the concept of subject positions. This concept has enabled analysis on how responsibility is negotiated and who is positioned as a responsible actor with the ability to perform actions that reduce loneliness. Three dominating discourses were found. In the discourse of responsibility within politics and the welfare state, the responsibility is both self-taken and designated to other institutions held responsible for not initiating sufficient measures to reduce loneliness. In the discourse of responsibility within societal and evolutionary perspectives on loneliness, developments beyond the individual's control are considered to contribute to loneliness. At the same time ‘we’ in ‘society’ are considered capable of reducing loneliness, thereby constructing individuals as responsible actors. Within the discourses of responsibility within senior organisations, both senior organisations and people who participate in activities are constructed as responsible actors. In conclusion, the responsibility for reducing loneliness is, apart from the discourse on senior organisations, designated to those working with older people.

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Cambridge University Press, 2018.
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loneliness, responsibility, news-press, subject positions, discourses
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-42444DOI: 10.1017/S0144686X18001162Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85055109228OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-42444DiVA, id: diva2:1275680
Available from: 2018-12-13 Created: 2019-01-07

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