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

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 I 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.

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Once I picked up a copy, I was impressed. Wherever there is affluence, and a welfare state, people use their resources to get places klinnberg their own. Nearly all male case studies in this book were gay, HIV, substance abuse, adulterers stuck in a downward spiral of self-destruction. Solitude, he carefully points out, has a long tradition, East and West, among hermits, monks, and ascetics, but these examples are for modern society abstract or negative.

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It’s a sociological study with lots of statistics, quotes and notes, but for me, it was worth klunenberg effort. The Digital Divide in Emergency Management. Moreover, the stigma or prejudice upon those who live alone after divorce or break-up would not be the same with those who have never gone through it and don’t plan to do it anytime soon.

Not the type of book I typically enjoy, but i found that Klineberg made a compelling case for the acknowledgement of a growing segment of singles living alone and the unique challenges and benefits that presents.

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Today, more than 50 percent of American adults are single, and 31 million—roughly one out of every seven adults—live alone. But, typically, I think Americans are quite anxious about isolation. I’m ambivalent about this book, which is a mix bag of great and interesting findings about the community of singletons alongside upsetting statistics and anecdotes of people suffering from living alone.


Well, one thing is that we need to make a distinction between living alone and being alone, or being isolated, or feeling lonely. Self-doubt for those who worry that going solo will leave them childless, or unhappy, or alone. I’d also like to see clearer divisions among the singletons—men separated from women, early twenties from middle-ages and the elderly—leading to more exclusive discussions on each sol, because there are such a vast difference in motives and contexts that lead to their single lifestyle.

Oh, no as Klinenberg keeps emphasizing-it’s OK to fiddle while our family trees burn! Actually I don’t know why. 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.

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. And then, unfortunately, there’s the last part, which focuses on aging alone and the challenges faced by the elderly and isolated. 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.

The New YorkerAug 24 — Place-based interventions are far more likely to succeed than people-based ones. Feb 16, Amy rated it really liked it Shelves: If you wish to read a thought provoking book about modern life and how we are evolving our social interactions, this book is for you.


This was a very balanced book on the virtues and pitfalls of living alone. Klinenberg’s book addresses many of the popularized excoriations of living alone, while realistically analyzing the causes of the singleton movement. It’s the “finding out who your true friends are and then replacing those who aren’t” principle. They have a point to prove to themselves and others.

Collective belief in the myth of autonomy obscures the fact that our prized individualism is directly underwritten by social institutions: Although the book has a lot of respect for people living alone and stresses how people choose to live alone because it’s the best of t The book offers an overview of the changing culture where for the first time people are living alone in huge numbers.

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

Single, but Not Lonely. Going Solo is an attempt to fill in the blanks— to explain the causes and consequences of living alone, and to describe what it looks in everyday life. However, after a four year campaign focused on creating this kind of political action group, the increase in political participation among women living alone was marginal.

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That will be a good thing to know the next time I have to explain to one of my sons for the umpteenth time that, “No, I don’t want you to build me a house on your property,” or, “No, I have no desire to ‘find a man,’ and no, I don’t need a man to be happy!