Living Alone: Globalization, Identity and Belonging

Hardcover | September 16, 2013

byLynn Jamieson, Roona Simpson

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In Northern Europe almost half of households consist of one person. Rates of living alone are lower in the Global South but the trend is still on the increase. Prevalent first among the elderly, living alone then becomes common at ages associated with partners and children. Fears about the end of family and community combine with stereotypes, the 'sad and lonely' or 'selfish singles', in popular depictions. This groundbreaking and highly original study brings evidence to the core debates about contemporary social change in the context of globalization, exploring individualization and social connection, the future of family formation, consumption and identities, the relevance of place - rural or urban - in mobile worlds, sexuality, belonging and 'community', living arrangements and sustainability. This book presents a systematic sociological analysis of the growing trend of solo living across the globe, while also drawing on the voices of working-age men and women living in urban and rural areas in the UK.

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In Northern Europe almost half of households consist of one person. Rates of living alone are lower in the Global South but the trend is still on the increase. Prevalent first among the elderly, living alone then becomes common at ages associated with partners and children. Fears about the end of family and community combine with ...

Lynn Jamieson is Professor of Families and Relationships at the University of Edinburgh, UK, and is a founding director of the interdisciplinary consortium, Centre for Research on Families and Relationships. Her publications include a second edition of Intimacy: Personal Relationships in Modern Societies.   Roona Simpson is Lecturer a...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 9.67 × 5.69 × 1.13 inPublished:September 16, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230271928

ISBN - 13:9780230271920

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction

PART I: LIVING ALONE, LIFE COURSE AND LIFE TRANSITIONS

2. Geographies and Biographies of Living Alone

3. Solo-Living with and without Partnering and Parenting

PART II:HOME, CONSUMPTION AND IDENTITY

4. The Meaning of Home Alone

5. Living Alone, Consuming Alone?

PART III: NETWORKS, COMMUNITY AND PLACE

6. Solo-Living and Connectedness

7. Place, Mobility And Migration

8. The Future of Living Alone

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