The liminality of loneliness: negotiating feminist ethics and intersectional affectivity

Christou, Anastasia ORCID logoORCID: and Bloor, Kate (2021) The liminality of loneliness: negotiating feminist ethics and intersectional affectivity. Journal of Cultural Analysis and Social Change, 6 (1) , 03. ISSN 2589-1316 [Article] (doi:10.20897/jcasc/11120)

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This paper draws on auto-ethnographic and creative material to disentangle loneliness as including moments of tension but also the potential for personal liberation. The analysis draws on intersectional reflexivity as a joint project building on feminist friendship and activist academic collaboration. Our collaborative critical auto-ethnography sought to reach the co-production of narratives of loneliness while embracing the diversities of our positionalities. Our differing points of departure and arrival were harnessed to understand our experiential perspectives on loneliness. We conceptualise through feminist and intersectional theories the liminalities of a ‘biopolitics’ of loneliness. We address ethical, affective and performative aspects of how loneliness is understood. We can then advance propositions for alternative analyses that can contribute to feminist studies of loneliness. In the analysis we clarify the often nebulous interconnections of materialisms, affectivities and ethical feminisms to disentangle loneliness from the ‘individual experience’ to a ‘social platform’ of wider collective responsibility in tackling some of its traumatic and destructive effects. We explore these issues in the emerging context of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic that has led to far reaching social, psychological, and physical impacts upon loneliness, in turn augmented by UK state policies.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
Item ID: 34085
Notes on copyright: © 2021 by Author/s and Licensed by Lectito BV, Netherlands. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons
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Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2021 16:32
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