Editorial Reviews. Review. An Essay by Going Solo author Eric Klinenberg. As featured on There have been a lot of big. Going Solo by Eric Klinenberg Living Alone & Liking It!* by Lynn Shahan I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris Living Alone and Loving It by Barbara. 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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The interviews cover a range of interviewees from young affluent professionals, to poor middle aged men, educated black women, and seniors — each of whom due to different social and economic situations have unique experiences of living alone.

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I wonder how much longer living alone can continue to increase when housing affordability is deteriorating so markedly in urban Britain. Inonly 8 percent of the male population could so be characterized, but in the percentage gooing Both the final chapter exploring how society needs to change to accommodate the rise in solo living and the book’s conclusion read like an extremely boring term paper that goes on far too long for its own good.

They are, in fact, evidence of the biggest demographic shift since the Baby Boom: I also have been wondering what evidence there is to support the differing opinions about living alone versus co-habitating. There’s even a dedicated space for parties. Maybe I’m afraid of the stigma attached to the word “alone.

With eye-opening statistics, original data, and vivid portraits of people who go solo, Klinenberg upends conventional wisdom to deliver the definitive take on how the rise of living alone is transforming the American experience. He had help from a group of graduate students who helped him gather and organize the information. If we can afford to live alone, we do.

Instead of showing the sllo of rising above and the solutions to the expected problems that come with aging, this book wallows in the negative. However, after a four year campaign focused on creating this kind of political action group, the increase in political participation among women living alone was marginal.


I welcome the opposite insights on the subject for caution and comparison, but to see them frequently enough to take away from the positive aspect hello, I was promised APPEALSI couldn’t help feeling befuddled, frustrated and irritated even.

If one is wealthy, for example, hiring help would be an option. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Feb 03, Andrew rated it liked it Shelves: 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.

Klinenbeg optimistic title notwithstanding, the tone of the book giing sumber and factual. And during the research for that book, I got to spend some time learning about the rise of living alone, and specifically aging alone. Last fall I attended a local TED conference and saw a speaker that had an interesting take on commercial real estate.

I expected a serious discussion of the policy implications of that fact, but huge swaths of this read like a self-help book, based on interviews usually introduced with text like “Kimberly lives in New York I was looking forward to this book enough to buy it, but came away disappointed. When my daughter is with me, I indeed have no or little time for friends or activism, llinenberg also don’t need to grapple with the loneliness that can make single-household living difficult for those without extensive social networks.

Ava complains at the way her daughter bores on about her failing marriage, while Joan, a retired toing, snaps that her year-old granddaughter is “incredibly manipulative. He was quite an abusive law enforcement officer.

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Singleton is an author-created term that refers to those who live aloneā€”no children, no romantic partner, no roommates. The Daily Mail Jan There was also a lot about the strug I was pretty disappointed by this book.

Oh, no as Klinenberg keeps emphasizing-it’s OK to fiddle while our klinwnberg trees burn! How will I go about meeting my social needs? Reclusiveness for the poor and vulnerable.

Sometimes I had an inkling that this book is in fact a very clever and subtle trick to scare people off going solo due to the abundant anecdotes of people aging alone, dying alone, reclusiveness, depression, and isolation. He covers the benefits and cons of living alone and how one gets to the point of living alone. I have friends, I spend time with them, I enjoy myself. I was looking forward to this book enough to buy it, but came away disappointed.


My situation was also not normal. I mean, I have no closet space! There are three groups of such people. Both affluence and poverty are driving forces in the trend, and the author interviewed many, many people of differing geographical and socio-economic levels to explore the issue. In chapter 3 Separatinghis subjects are middle-aged people who go solo after divorce or break-up.

Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. I chose this book because I have been studying the subject of people living alone. The book deals with various aspects of living alone, including its persistent negative stigma and the fears and worries of those who choose this lifestyle, more specifically: And back then, it was most common in the sprawling Western states, like Alaska, and Montana, and Nevada, because single migrant men went there.

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

The appeal of Going Solo is the modern non-fiction book mix of statistics and factoids, case studies, interviews, and breezy narrative. People who study cities tend to believe that the way to revitalize cities is to create a better supply of public spaces and amenities. The Guardian May 3: Instead, Klinenberg shows singletons as he calls them who build vibrant social networks around themselves in pursuit of a life by themselves.

Klinenberg indicates multiple times that Going Solo focuses on current culture, specifically people who live alone, and that includes both those in committed relationships and those who are klinenbdrg. Upright Citizens Brigade Mar 8: These are among the deepest insecurities generated by the cult of the individual.