Social Exclusion Anxiety

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Social exclusion anxiety is a term which builds on a social-psychological concept of human beings as existentially dependent on social embeddedness. This entry explores the concept in relation to bullying among children, which is a widespread and serious problem in schools and institutions.
Social exclusion anxiety and longing for belonging are both central aspects of the affects and processes that enact and challenge social groups. Social exclusion anxiety should not be confused with ‘social phobia’, which is a concept within clinical psychology that focuses on the individual and refers to a phobic psychological condition. Social exclusion anxiety instead points to a distributed affect which circulates and smolders in all social groups. This is the result of an ever-present risk of someone being judged unworthy to belong to, or deemed not a legitimate participant in, a social group. Such anxiety may emerge and grow when social embeddedness becomes jeopardized and the hope and yearning of a single or small group of individuals to be part of a community is threatened.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood Studies
EditorsErica Burman
Number of pages3
PublisherSage Publications
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2018

    Research areas

  • Social exclusion anxiety, Children and bullying, Bullying, Social panic, Closing down emphathy, Contempt production, Dignity production, Angst, Child community

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