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Going Solo by Eric Klinenberg – review
The appeal of Going Solo is the modern non-fiction book mix of statistics and factoids, case studies, interviews, and breezy narrative. Living alone today in the United States and the developed countries revolves around a heady mix of sociological movements: During the past half century, our species has embarked on a remarkable social experiment. For the first time in human history, great numbers of people — at all ages, in all places, of every political persuasion — have begun settling down as singletons.
By “singleton,” author Klinenberg means not unmarried people but people living alone. Ease of living quarters, human contact, employment, and transportation erric highlighted a trend away from institutional commitments, having children, and maintaining life-long relationships, whether to partners or employers. The trend fulfills American individualism originating in Emerson, Thoreau, the klinenbrg with the frontier, and material culture, such that, as the author puts it, “it would be easy to conclude that the contemporary urban singleton is just the latest variation on this theme.
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The author identifies the women’s movement, telecommunications revolution, mass urbanization, and increased longevity as primary factors shaping aloneness as a positive factor.
Solitude, he carefully points out, has a eruc tradition, East and West, among hermits, monks, and ascetics, but these examples are for modern society abstract or negative.
The rise of the many factors mentioned liberated non-conformists and women to pursue aloneness without negatives, without social or moral sanctions, economic disadvantages, or psychological isolation. Most people who live alone are financially secure, not poor, and those who purposely use their domestic spaces as an oasis from their busy, stressful work lives report that is a regenerating not an isolating experience.
One significant negative social trend ggoing that many single men without college degrees are considered “unmarriageable,” with downward social and economic expectations. Inonly 8 percent of the male population could so be characterized, but in the percentage is Urban areas have thus experienced klinfnberg revival of SROs, i.
Though a smaller section of the book, the chapter “Aging Alone” gling extends the complexity of aloneness.
People aged 65 or older have increased dramatically in numbers: But usually age requires living differently, often partnerless, jobless, with waning health and a shrinking social circle, klinennerg family circle.
In the latter case, one telling statistic: The number varies by circumstance, income, race, ethnicity, and other factors.
Going Solo by Eric Klinenberg – review | Books | The Guardian
For example, 40 or 50 percent of elderly in Harlem live alone. The extraordinary rise of living alone is not in itself a social problem.
But it is a dramatic social change that’s already exacerbated serious problems for which there are no easy solutions: Reclusiveness for the poor and vulnerable. Self-doubt for those who worry that going solo will leave them childless, or unhappy, or alone.
The social changes driving the shift towards living alone are here to stay, and policy-makers and cultural critics need to realize that living alone is “a valid individual choice” that has not accelerated a ericc in collective life or social commitments but transformed them, such that erif “are unlikely to be reversed.
Solitude, once we learn how to use it, does more than restore our personal energy. It also sparks new ideas about how we might better live together. Klinenberg’s book addresses many of the popularized excoriations of living alone, while realistically analyzing the causes of the singleton movement. The book usefully supersedes the plethora of recent books on contemporary aloneness to offer constructive facts and insights.
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