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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Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. My situation was also not normal. Go discuss it over beers, it’s a fun time.

Nowhere will you find an example of single white thirtysomthing male longing for missed opportunity to be husband, father, provider to a family. Audible book Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible book with Whispersync for Voice. I’m a professional, middle class woman in my late twenties with my own apartment, a circle of close klinenerg who are basically family, and the ability to enjoy my own company.

When Klininberg investigated a wave of heat-related deaths in Chicago, he discovered the majority of them had some sad facts in common: Still, I was disappointed that there was no discussion about how people could be brought together. View all 6 comments. Klinenberg starts out strong and keeps the momentum going for the first two-thirds of the book, and his presentation of solo living for those in their twenties through their fifties is solid, well-informed, and even makes it all sound downright exciting while admitting that it is also occasionally difficult.

His argument that solo living actual promotes social interaction and civic involvement is convincing, even without my klinenbreg experience having told me the same thing.

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And what Klinenberg found surprised him. This explains why I must face the reality of living alone with never the opportunity to follow the nostaligc ‘s lifescript of boy and girl coming together in dating, courtship, marriage with children as klinfnberg crowning achievement. He also covers the problems that “singletons” still have with those who choose to continue to believe that women and men should be married, or at the very least in a long-term relationship.


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solk A book with policy solutions regarding the second theme would be well worth reading. It was more along the line: Jul 04, Ali C rated it really liked it. This was a very balanced book on the virtues and pitfalls of living alone.

He deconstructs that living alone isn’t necessarily a bad thing, that just because one ends up alone does not mean they have failed. Stay in Touch Sign up. I imagine that this book will become a reference point for future discussion as well as policy debate. 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.

However, they find ways to enjoy the current freedom and solidarity. When I got deeper into the research, I realized that, in fact, only a small number of people who are living alone are actually isolated, or lonely, and that I was really only looking at a very narrow part of the story.

They live alone by choice, deviating from the traditional marriage and family arrangements. According to Klinenberg’s interviews, living alone is a mark of distinction and success, not societal failures.

This was a pretty good read. Unfortunately, many societies, especially in the USA, haven’t been very enthusiastic about adjusting to this new way of life, preferring to rail about selfishness than really meet the challenges of a large population of elderly people on their own.

The Loners’ Manifesto Kindle Edition. Young people believe that moving into a home of their own is essential for becoming an adult, because the experience will help them grow more mature and self-reliant.

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Going Solo by Eric Klinenberg – review

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Mlinenberg 28, Chinook rated it really liked it Shelves: They enjoy life and make use of many social and community resources to advance their happiness. Klinenberg must have changed his perspective during his research, but his divided opinions on the subject shows in his cautious approach, or how often he alternates between the bad and the good perspectives.

He covers the benefits and cons of living alone and how one gets to the point klinenberb living alone. Share your thoughts with other customers.

Combine this with a disease like multiple sclerosis, which I do have, and the disaster is inevitable. Jun 16, Marta Veenhof rated it really liked it Shelves: I chose this book because I have been studying the subject of people living alone. People who live alone make up 28 percent of all U. The paradoxical nature of this desire is neatly summed up at one point in the chapter on aging alone: These real-life Golden Girls know only too klinenbrg that if they remarry, they will soon end up as full-time carers all over again.

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 Klinneberg 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.