Going Solo

Going Solo

The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone

Book - 2012
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Renowned sociologist and author Eric Klinenberg explores the dramatic rise of solo living and examines the seismic impact it's having on our culture, business, and politics.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2012.
ISBN: 9781594203220
Characteristics: 273 p. ; 25 cm.


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Aug 14, 2014

Agree with Commercesd: the book goes into depth on an interesting shift that is taking place in society right now.

Eric Klinenberg also describes a fascinating point in the book that stuck with me: university students are entering school completely bypassing dorm units and requesting living quarters for singles. Schools are responding by building more single units on their campuses. Super interesting.

Recommend this book highly!

Jul 31, 2014

Sociologist Eric Klinenberg adeptly describes the truth about society today: that 28% of the U.S. households are comprised of single persons. That's a stunning revelation, given that in the 1950s, only 4 million people lived alone - and that was mostly in relatively deserted places at the time, such as Montana, Alaska and Nevada. Still, there was always an inherent stigma for any person who lived without a partner. It was always assumed that there was something wrong with them or that having a significant other in their lives would be the answer to everything. Nothing could be further than the truth.

As a person who has made the choice to "go solo," I have resented those implications and though I routinely present my point of view, it always seems to be disregarded. The presumption that someone who chooses not to have a significant other in their lives is doing so out of any reason other than their own choice is just that - a presumption, and an unfounded one, at that. Perhaps reading this book can shed some light on that. Unfortunately, as is the case with so much other enlightening information, the people who really need to read this book, probably won't. In any case, it is validating to have read these statistics and helps to take the sting out of the general disrespect of the choice to be completely independent.

etillery Jul 05, 2014

I read this book out of curiosity. It can be broken down like this:

Being single's cool as long as you're rich and wealthy.Sick, old, or poor? Here's a lengthy PSA of people who've died alone, people who've fallen on economic and mental hardship and are doomed to a life of loneliness and how no one seems to care.

It is eye opening to see how we could do more as a community to band together to help our lonely and sick elderly (since government cuts their funding). Didn't agree with some of the life style choices of some of these singles, but it's whatever. Decent read for those who are single and what common themes and problems to look for as a single person in America.

May 05, 2014

Thought provoking and a good read for anyone interested in contemporary society.

May 03, 2013

Lots of data to contemplate neatly compiled. Don't look for a resource book here, more social commentary. Interesting but not necessariy useful.

Feb 11, 2012

"Going Solo" has bits of interesting info, scattered in plodding academic prose.


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Apr 12, 2015

CONSIDER SWEDEN, where about 47 percent of all households have just one resident (compared to about 28 percent in the United States), or more specifically Stockholm, wher a staggering 60 percent of all dwellings are occupied by someone who lives alone. Like the United States, Sweden has a deep-seated cultural legacy of individualism and self reliance... its role as an ultra-modern nation, a place where citizens would benefit from their nations collective prosperity and the privileges it afforded..."Do you know why so many of us live a lone?" ... He quickly answers his own question: "Because we can." p213-216


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