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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Going Solo is an attempt to fill in the blanks— to explain the causes and consequences of living alone, and to describe what it looks in everyday life. Klienberg adds that in the late twentieth century, four other social changes contributed to the rise in individualism and living alone: In many cases, those living alone are socially overextended, and hyperactive use of digital media keeps them ever busier.

I was just about to go online and put my name down, when I stumbled over this sentence: Science Age of Humans. T he way Eric Klinenberg perceives the interviewees for his book on living alone, you really wouldn’t want to be one of them.

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

Although the book has a lot of respect for people living alone and stresses how people choose to live alone because 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.

This is not a book about dating, it is not a book about people who are single in the relationship sense, and it is not a book about sex, promiscuity, or advocating the “breakdown” of marriage and intimate relationships. And it would be quite literally unbelievable were it not for the fact that those rates are even lower than the rates of living alone that we see in comparable European cities. 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.

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This book is not about singles in the sense of those who don’t have a romantic partner. 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.

Going Solo by Eric Klinenberg – review

Jan 18, Ursa rated it liked it Shelves: Jul 04, Ali C rated it really liked it. The rise of the many factors mentioned liberated non-conformists and women to pursue aloneness without negatives, without social or moral sanctions, economic disadvantages, or psychological isolation.

How will I go about meeting my social needs?

It’s part of the human condition, and she rejects the belief that living alone is its source. If one is wealthy, for example, hiring help klinenbwrg be an option.

May 03, Cari rated it liked it Recommended to Cari by: 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. The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living AloneEric Klinenberg argues that many people living on their own have richer social lives than other adults. 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.


The book focuses mostly on cities.

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So, break out the condoms! Having a husband, as Mr. It is both interesting and informative. This seemed like a wonderfully interesting idea to me, an update ilinenberg SROs for the new generation and a counter to the rise of the McMansion.

SROs — single room occupancy facilities — started in the s as “plain hotels for plain people”, but are now essentially hostels for capitalism’s casualties. Here live a gang of “unmarriageable men”: The paradoxical nature of this desire is neatly summed up at one point in the chapter on aging alone: Then klinenberf sons can step in and help out, should they want.

If we can afford to live alone, we do. Maybe I’m afraid of the stigma attached to the word “alone. Certainly, the people we interviewed said that having a place of their own allowed them to decompress, and not everyone can do that. 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.