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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Overall, these three groups are disparate with little overlap. Solo living, as endorsed by the happily married Klinenberg, resembles nothing so much as youth hostelling in the s, complete with the whiff of other peoples’ socks. The book offers an overview of the changing culture where for the first time people are living alone in huge numbers. The New Republic Apr The book covers a lot of ground thoroughly.

Hardcoverpages. My first book was about a heat wave in Chicago where more than people died, inand when I was doing research on the book I learned that one reason so many people died, and also died alone during that disaster, is that so many people were living alone in Chicago everyday.

Jan 26, Holly rated it liked it Shelves: TIMEJul 17 — Trying to engineer hot weather out of existence rather than adjust our culture of consumption for the age of climate change is one of our biggest environmental blind spots.

What we need to do, Klinenberg concludes, is craft new ways of living alone together, ones that acknowledge and nurture the links between the solitary and the communal. This book reports sociological studies on people who live alone. Nov 05, Gretchen rated it did not like it Shelves: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Although the book has a lot of respect for people living alone and stresses how people choose to live alone because it’s the best of their options, I couldn’t help but sllo kind of terrified as I read it. The paradoxical nature of this desire is neatly summed up at one point in the chapter gokng aging alone: They are, in fact, evidence of the biggest demographic shift since the Baby Boom: We’re in big trouble, folks. Adjusting to married life and motherhood, dealing with that lack of solitude has been the hardest for me.


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

Another five for the wonderful conclusion. The second group is in transit. Sure living alone beats living with an incompatible romantic partner, bad roommate, troubled grown children or substandard nursing home, and many people do just prefer it, gokng might there be solutions, e. As a consequence, we are trapped in a cycle of repeatedly rebuilding shoddy systems in predictably dangerous places. There have been many books written advocating both sides efic the idea, but this author neither promotes nor disparages living on your own.

My first social science book that I’ve ever read Towards the end, the author begins to discuss new forms of housing that are designed for single people of various ages, which is interesting but doesn’t really go anywhere. The Attraction of Solitude.

The book suggests we should no longer continue our journey through life solely supporting the concept of marriage being the end-all and that being single is something to abhor. These beginning chapters of Going Solo are an excellent overview of the culture change in the wealthier countries of the world, and as I read through the pages, I became more and more excited.

I have been wondering how the taboo of living alone changed in the United States and how do societies evolve to embrace living alone as people have done in the US and several high income countries.

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That could be because I’ve lived alone for more than 5 years now, and 7 total in my lifetime. 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.

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When my daughter is with me, I indeed have no or little time for friends or activism, and also don’t need to grapple with the loneliness that can make single-household living difficult for those without extensive social networks. Anecdotally, too, the current recession seems to have sharpened the longing for a room — or, better still, a nice one-bedroom flat with low service charges — of one’s own.

It was eyeopening in the acceptance and celebration of solo living as a deliberate choice that works for people.

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Although the book focused on America, it did allude to this trend in other countries as well. The material is organized loosely by age, youngest to oldest, so the first part resonated most with me.

Since then, living alone has become incredibly common, throughout the developed world. Looking at Artists Looking at Themselves.

I really could have done without that bit, so much so that I wish I hadn’t read it and it strongly affected the rating I gave. The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living AloneEric Klinenberg argues that many people living on their own have richer social lives than other eriic.

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I came to see it as a social experiment, because what I learned, surprisingly, is that until about the s, there was no society in the history of our species that supported large numbers of people living alone. Quotes from Going Solo: Between marriages I lived alone for a decade, basically. Once I picked up a copy, I was impressed.