Going Solo by Eric Klinenberg
In these times of excessive urbanisation, the concept of cities planned for single people is on the rise. Single people are a new consumer demographic that is being newly catered to from the economic viewpoint? But are they getting the same support from the societal aspect?
In Going Solo, Eric Klinenberg dives into that question along with several others, ranging from the reasons for the rise of the single-person household to the effects that it is having is changing our global society today.
The writing style is beautiful and simple and backed with scientific evidence and real-life accounts making it an interesting read. It allows a lay-person to understand some complex sociological concepts while at the same time encouraging them to come to their own conclusions - taking into consideration their personal life experiences. It introduces new ideas gently, allowing you to come to terms with what you have read so far, letting you put that knowledge in the context of your own life.
Most importantly, it gives us this line:
“Living alone helps us pursue sacred modern values - individual freedom, personal control, and self-realisation - whose significance endures from adolescence to our final days.”
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