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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Still, I was disappointed that there was no discussion about how people could be brought together.

Its optimistic title notwithstanding, the tone of the book is sumber and factual. Even Thoreau, it turns out, used to get deliveries of home-cooked meals from his mum. One example is the MS patient who was left alone in a boat by her husband unable to get help.

I figured Klineberg’s book would cover this change, and in part it does discuss it. They are, in fact, evidence of the biggest demographic shift since the Baby Boom: 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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So one thing I learned is that living alone is not an entirely solitary experience. There are married people who can barely hide their pity for what they perceive to be the selfish, empty, and ultimately lonely lives of their single friends. Again, I think the research is not finalized because of the lack of information about people with disabilities.

He’s clearly dropping the ball here, as sollo balanced perspective of earlier chapters is suddenly lost in favor of this bleak outlook. Apr 24, Gayle rated it it was amazing Shelves: The distinction is important and one that should be kept in mind while reading. So it’s like this: Though conventional wisdom tells us that living by oneself leads to loneliness and isolation, Klinenberg shows that most solo dwellers are deeply engaged in social and civic life.

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As a consequence, we are trapped in a cycle of repeatedly rebuilding shoddy systems in predictably dangerous places. Author Klinenberg is quick to point out that his entire study only deals with the culture of modern cities which allow for the expression of individual eccentricities and permit experiments with new ways of living. The author argues that social media, rather jlinenberg alienating people, causes them to never be alone.


And the places that have, by far, the most people living alone, are the Scandinavian countries. 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. Another is to improve the material objects we keep around us, and to design new ones to help those most at risk of isolation become better connected to networks of social support.

Going Solo by Eric Klinenberg – review

His consensus is that for many living as a “singleton” is sometimes a rite of passage, or a late life situation. Two stars for the outright lie-there is sol surprising appeal of living alone. Unnervingly, Klinenberg’s message in the remaining few chapters seems to be, “We’re all fucked.

Published February 2nd by Penguin Press first published January 1st Both affluence and poverty are driving forces in the trend, and the author interviewed many, many people of differing geographical and socio-economic levels to explore the issue. Today, more than 50 percent of Sool adults are single, and 31 million—roughly one out of every seven adults—live alone. 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.

So when I finished, I started thinking about a next project that would continue the theme, and I got funding from the Sollo Wood Johnson Foundation to do a bigger follow up study on living alone and social isolation in American life. This was my experience personally. Even though Americans are considered to value individualism more than other developed nations, these cultural values are not the driving force behind the shift.

Middle-age adults believe that living alone is important after a divorce or separation, because it helps them regain their autonomy and self-control. My mother and father divorced inand except for a few months right after the divorce long story my mom lived alone until she got Alzheimer’s inand needed soolo care. Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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.

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In fact, people who live alone tend to spend more time socializing with friends and neighbors than people who are married. Since the trend is often thought of as a private matter, you argue that its impact on civic life and politics is overlooked. Anecdotally, too, the current recession seems to have sharpened the longing for a room — or, better still, a nice one-bedroom flat with low service charges — of one’s own.


Singleton is an author-created erc that refers to those who live alone—no children, no romantic partner, no roommates.

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. It’s a weak argument that having a spouse and children is important but, as Klinenberg keeps pointing out in his book, not that important. A book with policy solutions regarding the second theme would be well worth reading.

My first book was about a heat wave in Chicago where more than people died, inand when I was doing research on the book I learned that one reason so many people died, and also died alone during that disaster, is that so many people were living alone in Chicago everyday.

The third thing is urbanization, because cities support a kind of subculture of single people who live on their own but want to be out in public with each other. Mar 11, Andrea McDowell rated it really liked it Shelves: I soll how much longer living alone can continue to increase when housing affordability is deteriorating so markedly in urban Britain.

Fascinating but mostly irrelevant to my interests. They live alone because, more often than not, they are too ashamed to go home to Wisconsin or Mexico — they worry about the welcome that awaits olinenberg. And like some other reviewers, I found the introductory physical descriptions of everybody in the book a bit jarring.

Young people believe that moving into a home of their own is essential for becoming an adult, because the experience will help them grow more mature and self-reliant. Not to mention, mixing interviews of people who live alone for reic of productiveness ging those who do it to avoid troublesome relationships or social anxieties will likely give readers an overall negative picture of people who live alone.