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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The original, archetypical rite united the whole society – and established enduring bonds. This results in a long wait in line, but “only” five hours for us this time – and waiting in line results in the first community formation of the event, with music and dancing, hooping and making new friends up and down the line. Or interactive video games where players are actively engaging their body and movements within simulated graphics, sometimes with other players.

May 29, Daeryl Holzer rated it it was amazing. Aug 16, Kent Winward rated it really liked it. It seems to go back to the beginning of human life in a well researched canvas of vanishing planned and spontaneous collective joy. Beautiful drumming, some of it reaching beyond the more usual propulsive Arabic bellydance and latin styles toward the complex polyrhythms of classical Indian music.

Reading the title I expected description of different forms of collective joy in cultures all over the world.

I have read several other books by Barbara Ehrenreich, but this one in the worst. But as I questioned my wife about conclusions of the book, on multiple occasions she shook her head in disbelieve and said that the author was wrong.

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Why does she reference his work and not Peter Brown’s? So, I guess, my reaction to the book really had to do with expectations. The event grounds are located in a long, verdant valley between two ranges of the Kootenay Mountains in Southeastern British Columbia. Look into the details of the origins of the religion. But as I questioned my wife about conclusions of the book, on multiple occasions she Very disappointed in this book. They did not worship invisible deities, because that required a vivid imagination.


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Dancing in the Streets by Barbara Ehrenreich

Are anecdotal – and are based sancing reliance on an eccentric selection of secondary sources. It occurs to me that the new atheists have overlooked the most obvious way to combat religiosity. All this along the way to the river.

Ehrenreich may also have read broadly in order to read this book, but she does not seem to have read deeply, and much of the secondary scholarship on which she strreets is shockingly dated, dating from the 50s and 60s. They are also books where her writing is quite personal and succinct.

A History of Collective Joy points out a quizzical disconnect in modern Western culture. Review by Megan Keane.

The analyses of fascism, sport, and rock are not very convincing, and I’m not wild about placing them together in a way that equates them with one another. Inbetween there’s many other instances where the author is just plain worng. Joyful and sacred intent. And the thrill of the home run or goal or basket or great play or political victory can bring a crowd to their feet in collective celebration.

Evolution would have led to stronger neural connections between the motor centers that control motion, the visual centers that report on the motions of others, and the sites of pleasure in the limbic system of the brain. This book is at the intersection of so many of my interests.


Origin and History of the Passions of Warwhich looked at the human propensity to communally engage in war.

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And when the gods come, they may be recognized for who they are. Ehrenreich conveys how natural it was to dance and how this is a knack that many of us have lost today. And since I had already read Blood RitesI was not crushed with disappointment to find the drone of an academic thesis.

And then we are brought to the present time when Dancing in the Streets is brought to you by rock concerts indoors and then outdoors. Literacy creates a distance between the reader and dancingg material world, and creates a difference from others – an ineluctable alienation. For example, in the Introduction Ehrenreich writes a twenty page thesis on ceremonies that she considers celebratory in som Barbara Ehrenreich is one of my hero authors because of her books Nickel and Dimed and Bait and Switch.

I do wonder where we are headed?

At the very beginning she makes a case for collective dancing being hard-wired in human genes, which is as biologically deterministic as they come.

White kids discovered what black folks had known for a long time — tune into the beat and shake those hips. 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, ehrendeich did an oppressive elite.

Since the early Middle Ages, it seems to have taken on more political overtones, and people who danced often ehdenreich so for reasons of social justice. Nazi events were heavily policed.

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