Skip to content

Going Solo, Eric Klinenberg

2012/03/16

The subtitle of this book, “the extraordinary rise and surprising appeal of living alone” points out a number of issues considered within — namely, the unprecedented increase in solo living arrangement, and the fact that its appeal is considered unusual. The text is richly cited, ranging from classic literature and essays to contemporary academic studies and primary research; Klinenberg considers the topic from a number of perspectives, including psychological, sociological, and political. He discusses the phenomenon of children growing up with their own rooms, the privacy expectations of young adults raised in this tradition; he examines the freedoms and the loneliness that comes from living solo, alludes to trends in marriage and cohabitation, and the rapid change in attitudes towards gender roles, education, and income. He also addresses ideas regarding friendship, sex, and the general attitude of society towards those who live alone.

Having read extensively on a number of topics covered herein, such as the emerging adulthood generation, the decline of marriage, the increase in highly educated single women living independently, the isolating effects of the Internet, and the emphasis on individuality, I found much of this book to be repetitive, at least for my own purposes. However, it is a very interesting slant to examining these issues all together. As someone who is living on her own for the first time in twenty-some-odd years (with family for the first couple decades, and then with a plethora of good and not-so-good roomies thereafter), I very much understand the appeal of living alone and the sentiments of those who promote the lifestyle. At the same time, I believe very strongly in the importance of community and interpersonal relationships, and the author of this book addresses that as well. I found this to be an interesting and worthwhile read; it has appeal in the areas of psychology and sociology, as well as to those researching factors of community and individuality.

Advertisements
No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: