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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There are married people who can barely hide their pity for what they perceive to be the selfish, empty, and ultimately lonely lives of their single friends.
In fact, compared with erid married counterparts, they are more likely to eat out and exercise, go to art and music classes, attend public events and lectures, and volunteer. There are also personal stories, my favorite being that of Ava, who like me, is a deliberate singleton.
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However, after a four year campaign focused on creating this kind of political action group, the increase in klinenbedg participation among erlc living alone was marginal. Today, more than 50 percent of American adults are single, and 31 million—roughly one out of every seven adults—live alone.
Klinenberg argues that women who are untethered by economic and sexual constraints have discovered that “going solo” can also liberate them from “the many unrecognized, unappreciated, and unrewarded responsibilities they still take on as homemakers caretakers and allow them to attend to their own needs” p. How will I go about meeting my s This book presented a ton of interesting facts on the phenomenon of living alone in a klinennberg, however none of them were outright shocking, or too far afield of what I would have guessed.
Women are followed by young professionals, who make up the second largest group of singles, and then seniors who make up the smallest segment of the solo-dwelling population. I was pretty disappointed by this book. Eric Klinenberg, reic Going Solo which just moved into paperbackexamines the unprecedented increase in the number of people living alone.
Living alone in a rural area can be much tougher than in a city, and the risks of isolation are greater.
Single, but Not Lonely. The New Yorker Apr This is a case of misleading title, and I could have enjoyed it more had I not felt like I was dubbed into reading another book— the pros and cons of living alone: The New York Times Oct 3: Brain Pickings May 9: I wish he had also included those areas to see how transportation plays an issue – it is a big problem for the solutions suggested here, which solp to require services within walking distance.
They live alone by choice, deviating from the traditional marriage and family arrangements. So when I finished, I started thinking about a next 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.
He looks at young professionals, middle-aged people who have chosen to be alone or gotten that way through divorce, addiction, poverty and other causes, and at older people who find themselves alone in their senior years. Klinenberg renders [these] stories vividly but also with nuance.
Want to Read saving…. And like some other reviewers, I found the introductory physical descriptions of everybody in the book a bit jarring. It was quite a change, going from living alone to living with a roommate and then living with a husband, pets and kids.
Hopefully we won’t get divorced. To ask other readers questions about Going Soloplease sign up. And the author does admit, that so long as a person has the finances and health, living alone can work. Feb 10, Nadine rated it really liked it. SROs — single room occupancy facilities — started in the s as “plain hotels for plain people”, but are now essentially hostels for capitalism’s casualties. I am so glad that I read this book, if for no other reason than to find out that I’m not alonepun intended.
It was eyeopening in the acceptance and celebration of solo living as a deliberate choice that works for people. In summary, I’m the bloody target audience for this book. 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.
Drawing on more than three hundred in-depth interviews, Klinenberg presents a revelatory examination of the most significant demographic shift since the baby boom and offers surprising insights on the benefits of this epochal change. There, I said it.
He deconstructs that living alone isn’t necessarily a bad thing, that just because one ends up alone does not kklinenberg they have failed.
They do not intend to live alone permanently. They live alone because, more often than not, they are too ashamed to go home to Wisconsin or Mexico — they worry about the welcome that awaits them.
The first group is relatively young professionals, who are usually well-off financially. This rush to singleness is hardly confined to America: The nursing homes and other facilities are far from ideal for these people, and the society has not made much progress in improving the situation while the baby boomers are approaching this life stage. This is a well-researched book though and well-written.
It also sparks new ideas about how we might better live together. May 03, Cari rated it liked it Recommended to Cari by: So instead they hunker down, developing what Klinenberg calls “defensive individualism”, a spiny armour designed to repel neighbours who may be planning to pop round to rob them or suggest getting high.