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 largest group of people who 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. Subscribe or Give a Gift. Occasionally I stayed at my parents’ home for extended visits or crashed with friends and he year I was saying my husband I lived with a friend. I love my life.

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Along the way, the book navigates some rough and complicated emotional terrain, finding its way straight to questions of the heart, to the universal yearning for happiness and purpose. He states that it is something that is happening with more and more frequency all on it’s on, and explores reasons why.

Britain, Scandinavia and Japan klinemberg post even higher figures. While it is not clear from interviews the cause for this, Klinenberg is clear that there are still significant social pressures and stigmas that encourage people to not identify as living alone publicly, and thus limit the power for social change these groups process. What is happening in rural places?

Unfortunately, many societies, especially in the USA, haven’t been very enthusiastic about adjusting to this new way of life, preferring to rail about selfishness than really meet the challenges of a large population of elderly people on their own. The book offers an overview of the changing culture where for the first time people are living alone in huge numbers.

I picked up this book for both personal and social reasons, as I’m currently living alone in a society that predominantly considers women who live alone failures.


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

The old-fashioned premise, especially for women, that living alone is only a stage before landing that romantic partner is just that—old! 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.

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 man to be happy!

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.

Below are some of my favourite quotes from the book that summarize the important points, as I saw them.

Klinenberg’s elderly widows are fine in their own homes as long as there are meals on wheels and visits from friends who play a mean game of mahjong. Not recommended for the bitter, the ultra-conservative, or those who use patronizing moral indignation to explain why they’re still alone and unmarried ignoring, of course, the fact that they’ve grown bitter and are no longer particularly pleasant to be around.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. My first social science book that I’ve ever read Kimberley from New York has “a sweet but somewhat sinister smile”, while Ella gokng brazen and brilliant, with muscular arms”. 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.

We believe in self-reliance, but we also long for community. To ask other readers questions about Going Soloplease sign up. In summary, I’m the bloody target audience for this b So it’s like this: According to Klinenberg, some of the main reasons that living alone has become so popular in the United States and other highly developed countries is due to the wealth generated by economic development and social security developed by modern welfare.


The solp places are India, China, and Brazil, in terms of the rate of increase. Feb 16, Amy rated it really liked it Shelves: The difference is that I have goinv problem finding the alone time that I always seem to crave, and that rejuvenates me.

The unmarriageable men are able to live stable lives because housing charities have continued to invest in the SROs and attendant services. I don’t think that anymore. 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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He reveals a growing segment of the population, both here and abroad including in developing countries, who defy stereotypes of sad goinb running out of time to find someone. The book covers a lot of ground thoroughly. I’m not sad or lonely, nor have I been abandoned. Science Age of Humans. In the end he focuses on how klihenberg policy is needed to increase investment in these other constituencies.

I mean, I have no closet space! Drawing on more than three hundred in-depth interviews, Klinenberg presents a revelatory examination of the most significant demographic shift since the baby boom and offers surprising insights on the benefits of this epochal change.

Apr 04, Mars R rated it it was ok Shelves: It’s not difficult to guess how it must have looked from the author’s point of view at that time; and that his initial intention was far from advocating for this rising lifestyle.