With eye-opening statistics, original data, and vivid portraits of people who live alone, renowned sociologist Eric Klinenberg upends conventional wisdom to. Editorial Reviews. Review. An Essay by Going Solo author Eric Klinenberg. As featured on There have been a lot of big. With eye-opening statistics, original data, and vivid portraits of people who live alone, renowned sociologist Eric Klinenberg upends conventional wisdom.

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There are sort of two books here: Nowhere will you find an example of single white thirtysomthing male longing for missed opportunity to be husband, father, provider to a family.

Going Solo by Eric Klinenberg – review

This is glued together a bit with how the world could be designed more around those living alone, and also a bit of philosophy about independence. I think I need a copy of this book to remind myself that being a singleton is friggin’ awesome! According to Klinenberg, some of the main reasons that living alone has become so popular in the United States and other highly developed countries is due to the wealth generated by economic development and social security developed by modern welfare.

Not recommended for the bitter, the ultra-conservative, or those who use patronizing moral indignation to explain why they’re still alone and unmarried ignoring, of course, the fact that they’ve grown bitter and are no longer particularly pleasant to be around.

Klienberg adds that in the late twentieth century, four other social changes contributed to the rise in individualism and living alone: Despite this, I fought to maintain my autonomy by remaining alone in my apartment, and because of distance, I relied on friends more so than family.

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In Going Solorenowned sociologist and author Eric Klinenberg proves that these numbers are more than just a passing trend. But it is a dramatic social change thats already exacerbating serious problems for which there are no easy solutions: Not to mention, mixing interviews of people who live alone for reason of productiveness with those who do it to avoid troublesome relationships or social anxieties will likely give readers an overall negative picture of people who live alone.

One might expect, then, that his book on the exponential increase in single-person households would be dark and depressing. There have been many books written advocating both sides of the idea, but this author neither promotes nor disparages living on your own.


Also by Eric Klinenberg. It was more along the line: Klinenberg shows that most single dwellers—whether in their twenties or eighties—are deeply engaged in social and civic life. Unfortunately, many societies, especially in the USA, haven’t been erc enthusiastic about adjusting to this new way of life, preferring to rail about selfishness than really meet the challenges of a large population of elderly people on their own.

Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone by Eric Klinenberg

Instead of showing the resilience of rising above and the solutions to the expected problems that come with aging, this book wallows in the negative. Do you live alone? He is the author of Going Solo: Here live a gang of “unmarriageable men”: The Excesses of Individualism. Many of the young adults who live alone were brought up to do so. The Attraction of Solitude. Some klineenberg that blood is on their hands.

Some of the people Klinenberg interviews have become advocates or leaders for people who are living alone, building community and beginnings of a collective gojng.

Some go even further, revealing that, actually, they’re not even sure they like their children. Whether or not I will is still up for debate and the book did nothing to change that. I wonder how much longer living alone can continue to increase when housing affordability is deteriorating so markedly in urban Britain. Sometimes people never meet the right person.

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Instead he looks at the flinty data and concludes that an upsurge of settled singles is a symptom of a society’s growing wealth, like owning cars or eating meat. Since my husband is ten years younger than I am, it’s possible I won’t be living solo again – hopefully that age difference sets us up to live about the same length of time.

Still, I was disappointed that there was no discussion about how people could be brought together. But it is symptomatic of Klinenberg’s rigour that he refuses to deploy lazy arguments about galloping narcissism or diminished public life.

Today, more than 50 percent of American adults are single, and 31 million, roughly one out of eve A revelatory examination of the most significant demographic shift since the Baby Boom – the sharp increase in the number of people who live alone – that offers surprising insights on the benefits of this epochal change. What will I do if I can’t take care of myself? Nicky’s voice is “soft and a bit squeaky”. Enter your email address.


Today, living alone is not a solitary experience. Having said that, I want to address the issue of seniors who become ill or incapacitated. Dying alone, the burial process for people whose bodies aren’t claimed by relatives, the dangers of disease I value my privacy and my space and have a strong antipathy towards roommates, so since I can afford to do so without too much stress, I choose to live alone. On a individual level, for people who grew up middle class, living alone is a natural evolution which begins when they are children or even infants and dwell primarily in their own bedrooms.

The New York TimesSep 11 — This crucial institution is being neglected just when we need it the most. Klinenberg starts out strong and keeps the momentum going for the first two-thirds of the book, and his presentation of solo living for those in their twenties through their fifties is solid, well-informed, and even makes it all sound downright exciting while admitting that it is also occasionally difficult. In the end he focuses on how public policy is needed to increase investment in these other constituencies.

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The difference is that I have no problem finding the alone time that I always seem to crave, and that rejuvenates me. Klinenberg gives us a great overview of why and how people are living alone. These feelings are shared by other singletons according to Mr. Living alone in a rural area can be much klineenberg than in a city, and the risks of isolation are greater.

He If you live in a city, you’ve certainly seen the literal rise of condo towers and townhome developments, filled mainly with one-room units.