Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy is a book authored by Barbara Ehrenreich. Contents. 1 Description; 2 Well-known examples of Collective Joy. In her latest book, Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy, Barbara Ehrenreich traces the history of group festivities and the emotions these. Seeing Like a State by James C. Scott Crowds and Power by Elias Canetti Dancing in the Streets by Barbara Ehrenreich The Face of Battle by John Keegan The.

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There were big cultural changes when puritanical cults appeared on the stage, with their fanatical intolerance.

Strees book has mostly related the extinction of carnival-like events over the centuries. A big challenge in this text will be exploring a topic that will trample on some of her audience’s sensitivities without actually trampling on too many of her audience’s sensitivities.

Ehrenreich leads the reader through ecstatic rituals’ persistent effervescence in spite of authoritarian campaigns against collective joy, and the solidarity it can inspire. Events took on carnival characteristics. The transformation from an agricultural economy to a mercantile, and then to an industrial economy certainly contributed much more to the loss of community, as did increasing urbanization, than did an oppressive elite.

Consider three-dimensional virtual worlds, such as Second Life, where people design thd personal avatar that moves through a virtual world entirely constructed by virtual community members. Ehrenreich does occasionally drift off course. You will remember that I described Barbara Ehrenreich as enlightened and engaging among best-seller authors, and I was pleased to see her turning her considerable talents to a topic so dear to many of us in the pagan community. Later in the century, football and, especially, in Ehrenreich’s view, rock, represented the revolt of the audience, a reclamation of creative participation and life-enhancing abandonment to rhythm and flow.


Dancing in the Streets: And since so much of the book is devoted to the loss or absence of festivals, we might subtitle streeets The Loss of Collective Joy. It puts into context how we gather in shared experience, to equal out any competition or social status, and how invaluable those activities are to any culture.

Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy – Barbara Ehrenreich – Google Books

Her best known book, Nickel and Dimed: There are other sections that seem like the author is really stretching to make a point. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Is this a thing? Joy became a mental illness. There is mention of contemporary people who dance to hypnotic drumming, but there are no interviews with these musicians and dancers.

The struggles of daily life were left behind, as peasants and nobles joined together, rolled down their socks, and dissolved into a sweet whirlwind of joyful noise and ecstatic celebration.

She references a section in 1 Corinthians where Paul warns women to keep there head covered in church, and proposes that women were dancing frantically in church and shaking their hair furiously.

The parallels between Jesus and Dionysus are striking as Ehrenreich lists them.

We put an awful lot of time and effort into studying depression, malaise, the things that make us happy and the things that isolate us, but very little effort into studying the things that make us happy or which bring us together. Together we moved, feeling the beat and vigor of the music. Barbara Ehrenreich winds up her book with looking to ” The Possibility of Revival.



Dancing in the Streets by Barbara Ehrenreich

As a result, Ehrenreich observes, we have evolved to derive pleasure from group movements:. I have read several other books by Barbara Ehrenreich, but this one in the worst. Paradise was where their feet were standing. While this book is not perfect in its research, in its coverage and perception of non-western dance formsit’s the first and only of ehreneich kind.

So, although this will likely be one of the most well remembered books I read this year, I only hesitantly recommend it. It is, by contrast with that dark book, essentially an affirmation of the ability of human beings to regulate themselves – if, that is, they are allowed to. From the bestselling social commentator and cultural historian, a fascinating exploration of one of humanity’s oldest traditions: Military spectacles were a powerful way to manipulate crowds.

Booze is not allowed and all cars coming into the festival are thd to some degree for ehrenreih. Dancing in the Streets: Mar 13, Andrew Chandler rated it did not like it Shelves: For most, life in medieval times majored in backbreaking dancnig and poverty.

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