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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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Overall, I would recommend Going Solo, especially to someone who lived or was interested in living alone due to the fair treatment of the topic, especially with regards to information about the challenges of living alone as a elderly or disabled individual.

Later chapters touch on elderly people, nursing house conditions, housing for individual, etc. 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.

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Actually I don’t know why. In other words, coupled. Sure living alone beats living with an incompatible romantic partner, bad roommate, troubled grown children or substandard nursing home, and many people do just prefer it, but might there be solutions, e. Towards the end Klinenberg looks to the Nordic states for housing policies that the US could learn from, while noting that the political environment in urban America is not at all conducive to their adoption.

Going Solo by Eric Klinenberg – review

So, break out the condoms! 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 efic twenties through their fifties is solid, well-informed, and even makes it all sound downright exciting while admitting that it is also occasionally difficult. Chapter 4 Protecting the Self focuses on people in their fifties or sixties who disconnect from their family and seek solace eic solitude—a depressing chapter that no doubt will give the reader second thought on living alone.

However, after a four year campaign focused on creating this kind of political action group, the increase in political participation among women living alone was marginal. Jan 18, Ursa rated it liked it Shelves: This inspired some people to create political action groups focused on the needs of women living alone.

And then, unfortunately, there’s the last part, which focuses on aging alone and the challenges faced by the elderly and isolated. Klinenberg renders [these] stories kklinenberg but also with nuance.


Nov 28, Chinook rated it really liked it Shelves: It seems the best we can hope for is terrible gong in a nursing home that will kill us faster, thus putting us all out of our misery, and Klinenberg offers very little klinenberv the way of plausible alternatives.

I wouldn’t say that it’s ‘trailblazing’ or ‘revelatory’ either. Despite that his subjects only covered middle-class people with secure incomes to afford single housing unit, Klinenberg still managed to secure a wide range of age group.

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How did you first get involved in researching this topic? Frankly, it is amazing Dr Klinenberg got out alive. We know how to do both. 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.

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What are some of its effects in the public sphere? And back then, it was most common in the sprawling Western states, like Alaska, and Montana, and Nevada, because single migrant men went there.

Not a bit of it: 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! 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.

The Globe and Mail Sep I could not keep up with his demands that I ski, clean, cook, etc Klineberg’s book does not lose speed. Unless you’re really, really into dry material, skip that part. So one thing I learned is that living alone is not an entirely solitary experience. Show 25 25 50 All. So it’s like this: How prevalent is living alone in America today? Well, one thing is that we need to make a distinction between living alone and being alone, or being isolated, or feeling lonely.

I imagine that this book will become a reference point for future discussion as well as policy debate. The Attraction of Solitude. There are also personal stories, my favorite being that of Ava, who like me, is a deliberate singleton. These apartments included access to fancy lobbies which acted like collective living rooms.


The nursing homes and other facilities are far from ideal for these people, and the society has not made much progress in improving the situation while the zolo boomers are approaching this life stage. At the Smithsonian Visit. 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 their klinennberg, I couldn’t help but be kind of terrified as I read it.

Kimberley from New York has “a sweet but somewhat sinister smile”, while Ella “is brazen and brilliant, with muscular arms”. On a individual level, for people who grew up middle class, living alone is a natural evolution which begins when they are children or even infants and dwell primarily in their own bedrooms.

Preview — Going Solo by Eric Klinenberg. 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.

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People who live alone are more socially active, klinehberg to a thriving public culture. 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. The saving grace of this emphasis is the fact that Klinenberg goes out of his way to back up his statements with facts and evidence, and also goes out of edic way to deal with the more egregiously incorrect and misleading statements made by marriage advocates and other public figures who attack those who live alone as a social problem.

He looks at young professionals, middle-aged people who have chosen to be alone or gotten that way through divorce, addiction, poverty and other causes, and at older people who find themselves alone in their senior years. 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.

Needless to say, this part was more than a little depressing, acting as it did as a kick in the balls to the rest of the book, which had been truthful but quite encouraging up to that point.