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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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. May 28, Lada rated it really liked it.

Times of India Apr 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. I wish he had also included those areas to see how transportation plays an issue – it is a big problem for the solutions suggested here, which tend to require services within walking distance.

Then my sons can step in and help out, should they want. The book covers a lot of gr The book reports a mix of overall stats how many people in each life stage in each country or city are living alone and in depth interviews with thise living solo in the US or those advocating for these groups.

Today, more than 50 percent of American adults are single, and 31 million, roughly one out of every seven adults, live alone. I would say that the four key drivers that I identified were, first, the rise of women. Going Solo is a really informative book on the challenges of living alone in cities at various stages of life.

I expected a serious discussion of the policy implications of that fact, but huge swaths of this read like a self-help book, based on interviews usually introduced with text like “Kimberly lives in New York City and works in the film industry; her shoulder-length brown hair frames a pale complexion and a sweet but somewhat sinister smile that conveys her confident and mischievous side.


Maybe people will choose to live alone whenever they have the resources to do so. Maybe it’s in my genes?

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!

What can be done for those who determine to go down this path?

Going Solo

This explains the mass movement of women into both the workforce and single one bedroom apartments. Or telling us story of a lonely woman who hoarded junks, considered her two dogs the only things she had, died alone in the hospital, then ask us not to feel pity dric her.

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 i I live alone. They eat out in restaurants more often, are likely to take art or music classes, attend public events, and go shopping with klinennerg.

Mar 05, Jafar rated it liked it. When I got deeper into the research, I realized that, in fact, only a small number of people who are living alone are actually isolated, or lonely, and that I was really only looking at a very narrow part of the story. And back then, it was most common in the sprawling Western states, like Alaska, and Montana, and Nevada, because single migrant men went there. I’m not sad or lonely, nor have I been abandoned.

Sometimes it’s temporary as goinh people establish their own identities as adults and as professionals. Lines like that stopped the narrative flow, threw off entire passages, and were completely unnecessary, not to mention they read like bad depictions from fan fiction written by eleven-year-olds. Jun 26, Feng Ouyang rated it really liked it. It was eyeopening in the acceptance and celebration of solo living as a deliberate choice that works for people.

The first, and most profound, thing to ssolo is acknowledge that solo living is actually a fantasy underwritten by the very real presence of the family, communities and the state. 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.


Fascinating but mostly irrelevant to my interests. If we can afford to live alone, we do. While it is not clear from interviews the cause for this, Klinenberg is clear eirc there are still significant eriic pressures and stigmas eriv encourage kinenberg to not identify as living alone publicly, and thus limit the power for social change these groups process.

The Rise of the Sassy Singleton. He makes this clear at multiple points throughout Going Solo, and it is the core message of the book. Trump witnessed the physical devastation and human suffering in person.

We’re in big trouble, folks. The New Republic Apr He extended his hand, not to help those in need, but rather to pat himself on the back. Elderly believe that living alone allows them to maintain their dignity, integrity, and autonomy.

The New York Times Oct 3: I could not keep up with his demands that I ski, clean, cook, etc. A New Treatment for Blindness. There are sort of two books here: So one thing I learned is that living alone is goinb an entirely solitary experience.

The book suggests we should no longer continue our journey through life solely supporting the concept ssolo marriage being the end-all and that being single is something to abhor.

The Economist Feb In one paragraph, he would talk about libidinal liberation, only to mention individuals who became couch potatoes because they couldn’t find a date in the next one.

People who live alone make up 28 percent of all U. They have a point to prove to themselves and others. For when our dignity and integrity require the self-perception of personal autonomy, we experience profound humiliation – a loss of face – if we are forced to acknowledge that we can no longer make it on our own.