Going Solo has ratings and reviews. Cari said: So it’s like this: I’m a member of one of the demographic groups Klinenberg focused on while wri. Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone is based on strong empirical data. Indeed, Klinenberg and graduate. Eric Klinenberg, Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone. First published: 10 September

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Comment on this Story. It also means being able to anchor yourself in your personal development, or self-actualization, and further invest in your work.

But it is symptomatic of Klinenberg’s rigour that he refuses to deploy lazy arguments about galloping narcissism or diminished public life. To understand how this could have happened, the best thing to do was go backwards to find the source.

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Notice how difficult it is, even for an ‘objective sociologist’ to put a positive spin on this revolutionary change? They do not intend to live alone permanently. Today, more than 50 percent of American adults are single, and 31 million—roughly one out of every seven adults—live alone. Maybe I’m afraid of the stigma attached to the word “alone.

Going Solo is a really informative book on the challenges of living alone in cities at various stages of life. Klinenberg gives us a great overview of why and how people are living alone. Hardcoverpages.

But when illness intrudes, even klinemberg best network of friends klibenberg be solely depended on for help. In the book I argue that the spike of living alone has played a large and overlooked role in revitalizing cities, because singletons are so likely to go out in the world, to be in cafes and restaurants, to volunteer in civic organizations, to attend lectures and concerts, to spend time in parks and other public spaces.


I was looking forward to this book enough to buy klinsnberg, but came away disappointed. Although the book focused on America, it did allude to this trend in other countries as well. Infor instance, only 4 million Americans lived soli, and they accounted for less than 10 percent of all households.

This new trend is setting an entirely new paradigm for how we live, where we live and klinenbefg amenities this growing population demands. Customers who bought this item also bought. How will I go about meeting my s This book presented a ton of interesting facts on the phenomenon of living alone in a city, however none of them were outright shocking, or too far afield of what I would have guessed.

So when I finished, I started thinking about a klinenbeeg project that would continue the theme, and I got funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to do a bigger follow up study on living alone and social isolation in American life.

Product details File Size: 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. The fastest-rising places are India, China, and Brazil, in terms of the rate of increase. People who live alone are more socially active, leading to a thriving public culture. This section klinenbeeg the book that focused on the plight of gping elderly, was, in my opinion, the strongest.

Set up a giveaway. Combine this with a disease like multiple sclerosis, which I do have, and the disaster is inevitable.

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

Feb 16, Amy rated it really liked it Shelves: By “singleton,” author Klinenberg means not unmarried people but klinenbegg living alone. They have played a big role in reanimating central cities. 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.

People who live alone make up 28 percent of all U. Read reviews that mention living alone live alone going solo people who live heat wave eric klinenberg surprising appeal well written living solo new york people living united states elderly people older people york city solo living interesting read years ago well researched appeal of living. The book never lagged or slowed down.


klinemberg I think I need a copy of this book to remind myself that being a singleton is friggin’ awesome! Another five for the wonderful conclusion. I think this is great for those who oppose a life of solitude. Whether or not I will is still up for debate and the book did nothing to change that. I couldn’t understand her need to be by herself and cranky mood shifts and looked for a good book for some support.

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Books by Eric Klinenberg. They represent 28 percent of all households at the national level; more than 40 percent in cities including San Francisco, Seattle, Atlanta, Denver, and Minneapolis; and nearly 50 percent in Washington D.

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What are some of its effects in the public sphere? The third group is old people who lost their spouses. 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 gokng solutions, e.

Sharing with housemates, even bunking up with your boyfriend, is increasingly what losers do. What we need to do, Klinenberg concludes, is craft new ways of living alone together, ones that acknowledge and nurture the links between the solitary and the communal. Very bad stylistic decision. If one is wealthy, for example, hiring help would be an option.