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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The Daily Mail Jan That will be a good thing to know the next time I have to explain to one of my sons for the umpteenth time that, “No, I don’t want you to build me a house on your property,” or, “No, I have no desire to ‘find a man,’ and no, I don’t need a klimenberg to be happy!

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Feb 10, Nadine rated it really liked it. Drawing on over three hundred in-depth interviews with men and women of all ages and every class, Klinenberg reaches a startling conclusion: I’m a member of one of the demographic groups Klinenberg focused on while writing Going Solo.

Klinenberg argues that this demographic shift alone should be enough to encourage the development of new policies that support people who live alone, but that unfortunately conservative social norms continue to make these changes slow. Klinenberg shows that most single dwellers—whether in their twenties or eighties—are deeply engaged in social and civic life.

Apr 24, Gayle rated it klinnenberg was amazing Shelves: He spoke with Joseph Stromberg. Women are followed by young professionals, who make up the second largest group of singles, and then seniors who make up the smallest segment of the solo-dwelling population. We are experiencing voing difficulties. The third group is old people who lost their spouses.

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The book focuses mostly on cities. I really liked that there was so much research cited, statements were strongly corroborated by empirical data, and the inclusion of interviews to put human ‘faces’ on the research and data. Sure they’d “like to spend more time with the kids” they cut themselves off from but have no motivation to return.

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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.

May 05, Sistermagpie rated it liked it Shelves: Chapter 4 Protecting the Self focuses on people in their fifties or sixties who disconnect from their family and seek solace in solitude—a depressing chapter that no doubt will give the reader second thought on living alone.

That helps to make being single a much more collective experience. There’s even a dedicated space for parties. In other words, coupled.

He had help from a group of graduate students who helped kliinenberg ga Going Solo is not an easy read. He was quite an abusive law enforcement officer.

There was also a lot about the strug I was pretty disappointed by this book. Today, more than 50 percent of American adults are single, and 31 million, roughly one out of every seven adults, live alone. Mar 21, Gojng rated it really liked it. I took a ton of notes and marked up a lot of things to read from his detailed bibliography.

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. If you wish to read a thought provoking book about modern life and how we are evolving our social interactions, this book is for you. As a consequence, we are trapped in a cycle of repeatedly rebuilding shoddy systems in predictably dangerous places.


Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It seems the best we can hope for is terrible care in a nursing home that will kill us faster, thus putting us all out of our misery, and Klinenberg offers very little in the way of plausible alternatives. It also means being able to anchor yourself in your personal development, or self-actualization, and further invest in your work.

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Even Thoreau, it turns out, used to get deliveries of home-cooked meals from his mum. Related fantasies – of self-reliance, or the self-made man, for instance – lead us to ignore the webs of interdependency that give even the most antisocial among us the strength to go it alone. These eriv are shared by other singletons according to Mr.

Adjusting to married life and motherhood, dealing with that lack of solitude has been the hardest for me. Enter your email address.

Going Solo by Eric Klinenberg – review

Sep 01, Alison added it Shelves: May 03, Cari rated it liked it Recommended to Cari by: He had help from a group of graduate students who helped him gather and organize the information. Feb 03, Andrew rated it liked klonenberg Shelves: Go discuss it over beers, it’s a fun time. However, I didn’t see a lot of the ‘surprising appeal’ that the title promised me hashed out in the text itself.