The Sociology of Living Alone

Use the following New York Times article as a starter activity whereby students are to draw out the suggested advantages of living alone:

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An interesting discussion point from this, besides the factors they identify, could be a consideration of America as an individualistic nation. Students could be given the questions located at the bottom of this page

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as discussion points for a think, pair and share exercise. This Sociological Cinema material on ‘single and unequal’ also provides some good content:

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