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Editorial Reviews. Review. An Essay by Going Solo author Eric Klinenberg. As featured on There have been a lot of big. Going Solo by Eric Klinenberg Living Alone & Liking It!* by Lynn Shahan I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris Living Alone and Loving It by Barbara. 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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Despite that his subjects only covered middle-class people with secure incomes to afford single housing unit, Klinenberg still managed to secure goinh wide range of age group.

This book really will change the lives of people who live solo, and everyone else. Unnervingly, Klinenberg’s message in the remaining few chapters seems to be, “We’re all fucked. Although the book has a lot of respect for people living alone and stresses how people choose to live alone because klinenverg the best of their options, I couldn’t help but be kind of terrified as I read it.

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

This discussion is depressing and offer few solutions. They are, in fact, evidence of the biggest demographic shift since the Baby Boom: But it is a dramatic social change thats already exacerbating serious problems for which there are no easy solutions: Where am I going to put him? We are experiencing technical difficulties.

One significant negative social trend is that many single men without college degrees are considered “unmarriageable,” with downward social and economic expectations. Sometimes it’s temporary as young people establish their own identities as adults and as professionals.


In the meantime, I’ll be working on my application for Swedish citizenship.

Today, there are more than 32 million people living alone—according to the latest census estimates, The New York TimesSep 11 — This crucial institution is being neglected just when we need it the most.

Jun 16, Marta Veenhof rated it really liked it Shelves: The second third, while not quite as applicable to my age group, continued to offer a rousing picture of those who continue solo throughout their thirties and into middle age. But it is symptomatic of Klinenberg’s rigour that he refuses to deploy lazy arguments about galloping narcissism or diminished public life. I thought this was very interesting. For precisely that reason they are not keen to go and live with their married sons and daughters either, telling Klinenberg that they are wary of being put to work as unpaid domestic skivvies.

You can keep your self destructive lifestyles, I’m gonna hold out for something better waiting for me after I die, because after reading this book I have no hope that America will ever return to teaching its children the importance of holding onto the tried and true ‘s lifescript that seemed to be a good thing for our grandparents but not for us.

Eric Klinenberg on Going Solo

It was quite wonderful. Even though Americans are considered to value individualism more than other developed nations, these cultural values are not the driving force behind the shift.

Feb 02, Pages. What can be done for those who determine to go down this path? The old-fashioned premise, especially eri women, that living alone is only a stage before landing that romantic partner is just that—old! 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 book focuses mostly on cities. I think researching information about people with disabilities who live alone or with a husband dric a worthy endeavor.

Last chapter Redesigning Klihenberg Life brings up recent developments and changes to accommodate single lifestyle, nursing bots for the elders and urbane re-arrangement, etc. SROs — single room occupancy facilities — started in the s as “plain hotels for plain people”, but are now essentially hostels for capitalism’s casualties.

Some of the people Klinenberg interviews have become advocates or leaders for people who are living alone, building community and beginnings of a collective identity. They live alone by choice, deviating from the traditional marriage and family arrangements.

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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 towards her. For these children, college requirements of sharing a bedroom can be less than pleasant and leave young people with negative experiences of co-habitating.

Having said that, I want to address the issue of seniors who become ill or incapacitated. This explains the mass movement of women into both the workforce and single one bedroom apartments.

And like some other reviewers, I found the introductory physical descriptions of everybody in the book a bit jarring.