Epistolary fragments for an Anthropology of Loneliness

Bryonny Goodwin-Hawkins, Mythily Meher

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Loneliness is fragmentary: we can dwell, maudlin enough, in our own, but only catch fleeting glimpses of another’s. Fragmentation is taken as both subject and form in this experimental text as we attend to articulating an anthropology of loneliness. An anthropology of loneliness, we propose, calls for theoretical, methodological practices that court capture, but artfully elude it. Old friends now in opposite timezones, we decided to write to each other daily (almost), reflecting on lonelinesses we have met in ourselves and in others, in our fields and in our personal lives. In this tentative way, we attempt to centre—but only fleetingly—these qualities that skirt on sociality’s edges.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-121
Number of pages8
JournalIrish Journal of Anthropology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 16 Feb 2020


  • Anthropology
  • Loneliness
  • Community


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