AP: Nationhood Lab director discusses how U.S. national myths reinforce the loneliness epidemic
Colin Woodard spoke with the Associated Press’s Global Director for New Storytelling, Ted Anthony, about the historical and national narrative influences behind the loneliness crisis recently identified by the U.S. Surgeon General
Nationhood Lab Director Colin Woodard, a historian of the U.S. regionalism and nationhood development, recently discussed with the Associated Press how some of our most powerful national myths contribute to the country’s loneliness crisis.
“People weren’t lonely. They were tied up in a web of connections. And in many countries that’s more true than it was in the United States,” says Colin Woodard, director of the Nationhood Lab at the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy.
In the medieval and monarchical, pre-Revolutionary period, Woodard added, “people weren’t lonely. They were tied up in a web of connections. And in many countries that’s (still) more true than it was in the United States.”
Nationhood Lab, a project at Salve Regina University’s Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy, delivers more effective tools with which to describe and defend the American liberal democratic tradition and better understand the forces undermining it.