9780230271920

Living Alone Globalization, Identity and Belonging

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  • ISBN13:

    9780230271920

  • ISBN10:

    0230271928

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-09-16
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

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.

Author Biography

Lynn Jamieson is Professor of Families and Relationships at the University of Edinburgh, UK, and is a founding co-Director of the interdisciplinary consortium, Centre for Research on Families and Relationships. Her recent publications include Intimacy: Personal Relationships in Modern Societies and Researching Families and Relationships: Reflections on Process (co-edited with Roona Simpson and Ruth Lewis).

Roona Simpson is Lecturer at the University of Glasgow, UK. Her publications include Contemporary Spinsterhood in Britain: Gender, Partnership Status and Social Change and Researching Families and Relationships: Reflections on Process (co-edited with Lynn Jamieson and Ruth Lewis).

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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