Når unge føler sig ensomme - Konstruktionen af ensomhed

Sofie Tarpoe Nedergaard, Lærke Aagren, Frederikke Leonora Auener Gammeltoft, Ilhan Mohamed & Stine Widing Hansen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project concerns issues with the representation of loneliness amongst young people in the present societal discourse, wherein loneliness has a documented negative influence on mental and physical health, and is presented as an issue that must be resolved by the individual. The framework of this discourse, and by extension the representation of loneliness, is partly created and shaped by the organisation Ventilen, that attempts to help young individuals beat their loneliness as well as draw attention to the subject in society. We present a critical investigation on this constructed view on loneliness amongst young people between 15-25 years, and the role of Ventilen in this construction. We investigate the implications of the current discourse through the lens of a number of relevant theorists. Specifically, we employ Michel Foucault’s theory of discourses and governmentality, to help deconstruct the construction itself and the conception of the ‘truths’ in the neoliberal society; and supports this argument with like-minded arguments from theorist Mitchell Dean. Secondly, we use Nikolas Rose’s theory of human subjectivity and the exercise of power, to help inform our understanding of loneliness as both a phenomenon and as a construction. Finally, we invoke Ian Hacking’s theory of human kinds and the looping effect as an explanation for how classifications are constituted, and what characteristics are associated with the loneliness as a human kind. Based on the analysis and the supporting theoretical arguments, we found that Ventilen’s website, and thereby the organisation, is responsible for “co-creating” the existing discourse where loneliness is portrayed as an undesirable habit. In conclusion, the website promotes notion of loneliness as the product of one’s personal failings and individual inadequacy, suggesting that loneliness results from a lack of social skills. We question whether or not this discourse could potentially sicken the introvert, who neither requires, nor feels comfortable with, the same excessive level of social interactions in daily life.

UddannelserSundhedsfremme og Sundhedsstrategier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato6 jun. 2016
VejledereAnne Brus


  • Health
  • Loneliness