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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What matters is not whether we live alone, but whether we feel alone. May 28, Lada rated it really liked it.

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I don’t think that anymore. Wherever there is affluence, and a welfare state, people use their resources to get places of their own. The largest group of people who live alone are middle aged women, who also experience most of the benefits of living alone, in comparison to their male counterparts whose quality of life typically decreases llinenberg living alone.

The book never lagged or slowed down. Whether or not I will is still up for debate and the book did nothing to change that.

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This is an unbiased study favoring neither the choice to be single or the choice to be in a long-term committed relationship. Want to Survive Climate Change? All this evidence of the unfettered American self following its highest calling makes perfect sense in a nation steeped in the visionary spirit of Emerson and Thoreau. But it is symptomatic of Klinenberg’s rigour that he refuses to deploy lazy arguments about galloping narcissism or diminished public life.

This rush to singleness is hardly confined to America: It also means being able to anchor yourself in your personal development, or self-actualization, and further invest in your work. A revelatory examination of the most significant demographic shift since the Baby Boom – the sharp increase in the number of people who live alone – that offers surprising insights on the benefits of this epochal change. In one sense I was lucky, as those “friends” who were drama queens, were there because they wanted something, or were not truly invested quickly disappeared, and I was left with those I could depend on and who cared deeply enough to help.


I did learn a lot about myself and probably shouldn’t have gotten married the first time without having done it. People who live alone are more socially active, leading to a thriving public culture.

The New YorkerAug 24 — Place-based interventions are far more likely to succeed than people-based ones. Lines like that stopped the narrative flow, threw off entire passages, and were completely unnecessary, not to mention they read like bad depictions from sol fiction written by eleven-year-olds. Nov 28, Chinook rated it really olinenberg it Shelves: It’s the “finding out who your true friends are and then replacing those who aren’t” klinenbrrg.

The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living SoooEric Klinenberg argues that many people living on their own have richer social lives than other adults.

Do you have any thoughts on where this trend might be going? I really could have done without that bit, so much so that I wish I hadn’t read it and it strongly affected the rating I gave. What will I do if I can’t take care of myself? Feb 11, Alison Whiteman rated it really liked it. If one is wealthy, for example, hiring help would be an option.

Once I picked up a copy, I was impressed.

Going Solo by Eric Klinenberg – review

And during the research for that book, I got to spend some time learning about the rise of living alone, and specifically aging alone. He is the author of Wric Solo: The Economist Feb It also sparks new ideas about how we might better live together. Maybe I’m afraid of the stigma attached to the word “alone. Klinenberg serves up examples much like my own where it’s the friends, not the family, who are helping the young soloists through times of trouble and providing all types of support while allowing the person going solo to consider the quality of relationships and surround herself with the most healthy companions.

Eric Klinenberg, in Going Solo which just moved dric paperbackexamines the unprecedented increase in the number of people living alone. Until then, I will continue to live alone while I can enjoy it.


However, I didn’t see a lot of the ‘surprising appeal’ that the title promised me hashed out in the text itself. These are among the deepest insecurities generated by the cult of the individual.

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But you can’t do everything, and this is the best book I have read on the subject so far. Below are some of my favourite quotes from the book that summarize the important points, as I saw them.

Photos Submit to Our Contest. This was a pretty good read. And it would be quite literally unbelievable were it not for the fact that those rates are even lower kliennberg the rates of living alone that we see in comparable European cities.

This goes against common stigmas that people who “live alone” are selfish. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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 Economist Aug Its optimistic title notwithstanding, the tone of the book is sumber and factual. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Today, more than 50 percent of American adults are single, and 31 million—roughly one out of every seven adults—live alone. There was also a lot about the struggles of living alone and being poor, single-occupancy rooms, and the way that places that house people in dangerous predicaments can pull them down.

Consequently, I found the earlier chapters less enlightening than the latter. I guess the most surprising appeal of the solo lifestyle this book is so quick to vilidate is the utter lack of responsibility we adults have to children.