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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Unnervingly, Klinenberg’s message in the remaining few chapters seems to be, “We’re all fucked. 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 goiny are living alone and in depth interviews with thise living eriv in the US or those advocating for these groups.

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How will I go about meeting my s This book presented a ton of interesting facts on the phenomenon etic living alone in a city, however none of them were outright shocking, or too far afield of what I would have guessed.

The New Yorker Apr To ask other readers questions about Going Soloplease sign up. The fastest-rising places are India, China, and Brazil, in terms of the rate klknenberg increase. He looks at young professionals, middle-aged people who have chosen to be alone or gotten that way through divorce, addiction, poverty and klinenbrg causes, and at older people who find themselves alone in their senior years.

Jan 18, Ursa rated it liked it Shelves: The Attraction of Solitude. It’s an intriguing look at contemporary demographics, especially in regards to urban living.


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

We know how to do both. His consensus is that for many living as a “singleton” is sometimes a rite of passage, or a late life situation.

goint The material is organized loosely by age, youngest to oldest, so the first part resonated most with me. Not a lot that appeals there. There’s even a dedicated space for parties.

Eric Klinenberg on Going Solo

Today, living alone is not a solitary experience. I’m a member of one of the demographic groups Klinenberg focused on while writing Going Solo. The first group is relatively young professionals, who are usually well-off financially. What is happening in rural places? When Klininberg investigated a wave of heat-related deaths in Chicago, he discovered the majority of them had some sad facts in common: Klinenberg states the facts: Drawing on over three hundred in-depth interviews with men and women of all ages and every class, Klinenberg reaches a startling conclusion: The rise of Latchkey Kids and private rooms within the home is an international experience.

According to Klinenberg’s interviews, living alone is a mark of distinction and success, not societal failures. The next thing is the communications revolution. Do you live alone?

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

klknenberg 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 our species that supported large numbers of people living alone. Instead of showing the resilience of rising above and the solutions to the expected problems that come with aging, this book wallows in the negative. These beginning chapters of Going Solo are an excellent overview of the culture change in the wealthier countries of klonenberg world, and as I read through the pages, I became more and more excited.


In the end, despite its title, Going Solo is really about living better together—for all of us, single or not. What’s happening around the world?

Erix, I found the earlier chapters less enlightening than the latter. Descriptions of strong social connections, both physical and via technology, acknowledge the rise of networking sights, smart phones, and constant connection, and the suggestion that those going solo are more likely to have an extensive network of friends they rely on for companionship and support are spot on.

It has a skull but no spinevelvet smooth skin, and a terrifying pit of a mouth that’s lined with rows of razor-sharp teeth. Essentially, if goign can afford to live alone, then we do, seeing it as “a mark of distinction, not a social failure”.

Although they all have widely different cultural values, economic wealth and development has driven people in these countries in increasing numbers to choose to live alone, primarily in urban settings. Today, more than 50 percent of American adults are single, and 31 million—roughly one out of every seven adults—live alone.

I want to clear up a thing or two before I go any further, as a couple other reviewers seem to be a bit confused. Maybe it’s in my genes? So one thing I learned is that living alone is not an entirely solitary experience.