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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We recognize them only in retrospect, and once we do we suddenly realize that artists–especially musicians–were not merely seeing the revolution, but also expressing them from the very start.

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You can’t talk about people that suffered from broken marriage or relationship and expect others not to connect their decision to live alone with distrust or emotional trauma. Going Solo is a powerful and necessary assessment of an unprecedented social change.

Some of that turned out to be true, but in fact the levels of living alone have gone up since A friend in her mid-forties recommended Going Solo to me, and as someone living alone, the book had instant appeal. The statistics surrounding this relatively new phenomenon are staggering since for the first time in history, huge numbers of humans have started to settle down as what author Klinenberg refers to as Singletons.

Listened to this on the way to California. In the end, despite its title, Going Solo is really about living better together—for all of us, single or not.

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Reclusiveness for the poor and vulnerable. A book with policy solutions regarding the second theme would be well worth reading.


Essentially, if we can afford to live alone, then soloo do, seeing it as “a mark of distinction, not a social failure”.

I chose this book because I have been studying the subject of people living alone. Reading this was great because a lot of my beliefs were being validated, and well–who doesn’t like that?

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

However, they find ways to enjoy the current freedom and solidarity. Books by Eric Klinenberg. It’s not difficult to guess how it must have looked from the author’s point of view klinennerg that time; and that his initial intention was far from advocating for this rising lifestyle. The “cult of the individual” as Emile Durkheim called it, grew out of the transition from rural agricultural communities to modern industrial and now service based cities.

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To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. So in a moment like this, living alone is one way to get a kind of restorative solitude, a solitude that can be productive, because your home can be an oasis from the constant chatter and overwhelming stimulation of the digital urban existence. Even Thoreau, it turns out, used to get deliveries of home-cooked meals from his mum. And that klinenberf was not as easy to do before the s. 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.

A catastrophic illness is the game changer, and in the end one’s family is the last line of defense and help. I could not keep up with his demands that I ski, clean, cook, etc. 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 klinenbwrg the American experience.


I came to see it as a social experiment, because what I learned, surprisingly, is that until about the s, there was no society in the history of klnenberg species that supported large numbers of people living alone. Got your own favorites?

T he way Eric Klinenberg perceives the interviewees for his book on living alone, you really wouldn’t want to be one of them. Women are followed by young professionals, who make up the second largest group of singles, and then klindnberg who make up the smallest segment of the solo-dwelling population.

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 then there came this gling trend that has literally changed everything—the digital age. Quotes from Going Solo: Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Having gotten to know her friends and a host of other elderly people living in nearby retirement communities, this is a common tale, not an exception.

However, I didn’t xolo a lot of the ‘surprising appeal’ that the title promised me hashed out in the text itself.

Overall, a good and quick sociology read. People aged 65 or older have increased dramatically in numbers: 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.