Going Solo has ratings and reviews. Cari said: So it’s like this: I’m a member of one of the demographic groups Klinenberg focused on while wri. Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone is based on strong empirical data. Indeed, Klinenberg and graduate. Eric Klinenberg, Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone. First published: 10 September

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But usually age requires living differently, often partnerless, jobless, with waning health and a shrinking social circle, including family circle. It was more kklinenberg the line: There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Today, more than 50 percent of American adults are single, and 31 million, roughly one out of every seven adults, live 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 yoing rise of living alone is transforming the American experience.

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Mar 11, Andrea McDowell rated it really liked it Shelves: I am so glad that I read this book, if for no other reason than to find out that I’m not alonepun intended. This was my experience personally. The book reports a mix of overall stats how many people in each life stage in each country or city are living alone and in depth interviews with thise living solo in the US or those advocating for these groups. Or telling us story of a lonely woman who hoarded junks, considered her two dogs the only things she had, died alone in the hospital, then ask us not to feel pity towards her.

Eric Klinenberg on Going Solo

soolo That helps to make being single a much more collective experience. But leave it to the one with the Jamaican attitude to really make us believe it. Having gotten to know her friends and a host of other elderly people living in nearby retirement communities, this is a common tale, not an exception.


It seemed to focus a lot of living solo when old. 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.

Read it Forward Read it first. View all 5 comments. Oct 07, Ciara rated it it was ok Shelves: Maybe I’m afraid of the stigma attached to the word “alone.

Hoing was quite an abusive law enforcement officer.

I took a ton of notes and marked up a lot of things to read from his detailed bibliography. This book helped in many ways.

Read more Read less. So in a moment like this, living alone is one way to get a kind of restorative solitude, a solitude that can be productive, because your home can be an oasis from the constant chatter and overwhelming stimulation of the digital urban existence.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. There are three groups of such people. Often the last quarter of the book is completely skippable but Eric kept the momentum going and worked well to expand on the concept of living alone while approaching it with klinenbegg and free of social stigma. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. SROs — single room occupancy facilities — started in the s as “plain hotels for plain people”, but are now essentially hostels for capitalism’s casualties.

I don’t think that anymore. Unless I want to lose my virginity in a cohabitating relationtionship, I’m doomed to live the celebite life alone and Ilinenberg guess I’m just the first to admit there are some days I do not find it appealing.

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


It’s a sociological study with lots of statistics, quotes and notes, but for me, it was worth the effort. 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.

Most people who live alone are financially secure, not poor, and those who purposely use their domestic spaces as an oasis from their busy, stressful work lives report that is a regenerating not an isolating experience. May ssolo, Sistermagpie rated it liked it Shelves: How did you first get involved in researching this topic?

People aged 65 or older have increased dramatically in numbers: In one sense I was lucky, as those “friends” who were drama queens, were there because they wanted something, or were not truly invested quickly disappeared, and I was left with those I could depend on and who cared deeply enough to help.

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.

Divorcees and widow widowers. He also covers the problems that “singletons” still have with those who choose to continue to believe that women and men should be married, or at the very least in a long-term relationship. In many cases, those living alone are socially overextended, and hyperactive use of digital media keeps klinnenberg ever busier.