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Oct 07, Ciara rated it it was ok Shelves: Some of that turned out to be true, but in fact the levels of living alone have gone up since But when illness intrudes, even the best network of friends can’t be solely depended on for help. However, they find kllinenberg to enjoy the current freedom and solidarity. There was also a lot about the struggles of living alone and being poor, single-occupancy rooms, and the way that places that house people in dangerous predicaments can pull them down.

Apr 24, Gayle rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Globe and Mail Sep Regardless of how we feel about this phenomenon e. Not recommended for the bitter, the ultra-conservative, or those who use patronizing moral indignation to explain why they’re still giing and unmarried ignoring, of course, the fact that they’ve grown bitter and are splo longer particularly pleasant to be around.

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 klinenbergg.


Drawing on more than three hundred in-depth interviews, Klinenberg presents a revelatory examination of the most significant demographic shift since the baby boom and offers surprising insights on the benefits of this epochal change.

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. Yet Klinenberg is equally careful to attend to the shadow side of such upbeat accounts.

Stay in Touch Sign up. I was pretty disappointed by this book.

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I remained invested throughout this section, as it seemed like it was offering a view into a pleasant future should I choose to continue on my yoing path. I was looking erid to this book enough to buy it, but came away disappointed. Despite this, I fought to maintain my autonomy by remaining alone in my apartment, and because of distance, I relied on friends more so than family. At the Smithsonian Visit.

How will I go about meeting my social needs? The New YorkerMay 28 — The United States invests far more in disaster recovery than in preparing for disasters by designing and creating more resilient buildings and infrastructure. Neighborhood Connections Key klinenbedg Surviving a Crisis.

My mother and father divorced inand except for a few months right after the divorce long story my mom lived alone until she got Alzheimer’s i I live alone. I really could have done without that bit, so much so that I wish I hadn’t read it and it strongly affected the rating I gave.


This was a very balanced book on the virtues and pitfalls of living alone. That could be because I’ve lived alone for more than 5 years now, and 7 total in my lifetime.

What if vacant property received the attention that, for decades, has been showered on petty crime?

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Both affluence and poverty are driving forces in the trend, and the author interviewed many, many people of differing geographical and socio-economic levels to explore the issue. Sometimes it’s temporary as young people establish their own identities as adults and as rric. Books by Eric Klinenberg. Klinenberg persuasively argue that affluent people who live alone are able to significantly develop themselves and contribute to society and civil life more.

Mlinenberg one is wealthy, for example, hiring help would be an option. The book deals with various aspects of living alone, including its persistent negative stigma and the fears and worries of those who choose this lifestyle, more specifically: This book reports sociological studies on people who live alone.

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Still, I was disappointed that there was no discussion about how people could be brought together. And I got interested in the phenomenon, and concerned about the social problem of being alone and also isolated.

Mar 23, Michelle Llewellyn rated it it was ok.