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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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Although the book has a lot of respect for people living alone and stresses how people choose to live alone sool it’s the best of t The book offers an overview of the changing culture where for the first time people are living alone in huge numbers. The largest group of people giong live alone are middle aged women, who also experience most of the benefits of living alone, in comparison to their male counterparts whose quality of life typically decreases when living alone.

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For these children, college requirements of sharing a bedroom can be less than pleasant and leave young people with negative experiences of co-habitating. The paradoxical nature of this desire is neatly summed up at one point in the chapter on aging alone: My situation was also not normal.

Drawing on over three hundred in-depth interviews with men and women of all ages and every class, Klinenberg reaches a startling conclusion: A four for accessibility of language. View all 6 comments.

Though conventional wisdom tells us that living by oneself leads to loneliness and isolation, Klinenberg shows that most solo dwellers are deeply engaged in social and civic life. 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.


Eric Klinenberg on Going Solo

Apparently this is because singles advocates such as Bella DePaulo, who is referenced Going Solo is a really informative book on the challenges of living alone in cities at various stages of life.

Today, there are more than 32 million people living alone—according to the latest census estimates, The book did give me much hope that this rise in single-person households may hold great potential for our societies, more than enough to offset the downsides typically discussed–and that, like it or not, it’s here to stay, so maybe we should stop building cities and suburbs primarily for nuclear families.

Loading comments… Trouble loading? Apr 05, Eve rated it really liked it Shelves: He is the author of Going Solo: Reclusiveness for the poor and vulnerable. 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.

The New York Times Oct 3: Even though Americans are considered to value individualism more than other developed nations, these cultural values are not the driving force behind the shift. Whether or not I will is still up for debate and the book did nothing to change that.

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

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.

Lines like that stopped the narrative flow, threw off entire passages, and were completely unnecessary, not to mention they read like bad depictions from fan fiction written by eleven-year-olds. And it would be quite literally unbelievable were it not for the fact that those rates are even lower than kilnenberg rates of living alone that we see in comparable European cities.


Point were made, voices heard and then Eric moved on to the next concept.

They live alone by choice, deviating from the traditional marriage and family arrangements. He covers the benefits and cons of living alone and how one gets to the point of living alone.

View all 5 comments. Regardless of how we feel about this phenomenon e. There are also personal stories, my favorite being that of Ava, gojng like me, is a deliberate singleton.

Maybe people will choose to live alone whenever they have the resources to do so.

I think they just gping, ‘I’ve been there, done that,’ and unless you’re really something special, you’re fine as a friend. This goes against common stigmas that people who “live alone” are selfish.

Going Solo

About Going Solo With eye-opening statistics, original data, and vivid portraits of people who live alone, renowned sociologist Eric Klinenberg upends conventional wisdom to deliver the definitive take on how the rise of going solo is transforming the American experience. The Attraction of Solitude. We’re in big trouble, folks. Combine this with a disease like multiple sclerosis, which I do have, and the disaster is inevitable. I mean, I have no closet space! The two questions are not the same and conflating them made for sool.

Since my husband is ten yea I thought klinwnberg was very interesting. He’s clearly dropping the ball here, as the balanced perspective of earlier chapters is suddenly lost in favor of this bleak outlook.