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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May 22, Marietje rated it did not like it. As a result, Ehrenreich observes, we have evolved to derive pleasure from group movements:. While her arguments for a particular instance of ‘correspondence’ may be unconvincing, they are always interesting, are always thought provoking, Less satisfying is her discussion about contemporary celebrations that she regards as ‘rudiments’ of the primitive rite – rock concerts and sporting events.

Jan 26, Robert rated it liked it. Albert Hoffman, discoverer dancingg the psychedelic properties of LSD, and something of a spiritual seeker throughout his long life still with us, turned this year!

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. The revellers’ gods – Dionysos, Krishna and Pau – especially attracted women and working ehrrnreich to them; their joyful rituals were essentially demotic, and inevitably drew down on themselves the disapproval of the clerical and civic establishment.

Like the Pied Piper, Hitler tried to unify and lead all good Germans to a heroic racially pure Teutonic utopia.

Why is it that modern Westerners can conceive so easily of strong bonds between individuals sreets less so between groups? For example, in the Introduction Ehrenreich writes a twenty page thesis on ceremonies that she considers celebratory in some way.

I just did not find excitement in either book.

Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy

May 29, Daeryl Holzer rated it it was amazing. By the end, she makes a case for the carnivalization of sport, citing the example of the Mexican Wave, thus proving that she only really knows american sports and has little to no idea of European fandom I have never heard of any football supporter ever indulging in the dubious pleasure of a mexican wave, except for people who’ve only ever been to world cup finals games.


The ecstatic emotion engendered was perceived by its participants as a direct experience of god, unmediated by priests or interpreters.

Published January 9th by Metropolitan Books first published January 1st He also seems to have little to do with fertility. There were more than 10, in our Shambhala community at its peak this year – but we arrived very early, on Wednesday, to get a good spot and set up camp.

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While Ehrenreich’s book didn’t fill that hole, it at tsreets explained why I feel it. Dancing in the Streets: I have read several other books by Barbara Ehrenreich, but this one in the worst.

I didn’t realize that I didn’t know anything about the origin of mystery cults. So anyone who wants to point to some sort of conflict or divide in these religious structures will find a sort of unity, at least in the early forms of Christianity. Maybe the failing is sttreets own. The elites’ fear that such gatherings would undermine social hierarchies was justified: Literacy creates a distance between the reader and the material world, and creates a difference from others – an ineluctable alienation.

Dancing in the Dancng Aug 16, Kent Winward rated it really liked it. The point here is not to nitpick a few details the author might have gotten wrong, but to identify this author as agenda-motivated, and as either a poor researcher or one who will ignore data in the name of ehrerneich better story. I was looking for something catchy and readable and I got a deep, serious viewpoint.

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The old deities were accessible to all thf ritually induced ecstasy. Max Weber famously analysed the need dancjng the former for a strong, disciplined workforce; to this Ehrenreich strikingly adds the adoption of guns by the military as a further constraint on the proletarian population from which the armed forces were of course drawn.

The book describes cycles of creation and suppression of collective joy events. Believes that the ability to form groups larger than a nuclear family was essential for human survival – essential for gathering food, hunting, fending off predators.


Around the perimeter, antiaircraft searchlights were aimed straight up into the night, creating an awe-inspiring circular colonnade of light beams.

Following their defeat inGermans were down and out. Books by Barbara Ehrenreich. Letting yourself go led to ecstatic experiences. Look into the details of the origins of the religion. As the triumph of masculinism and militarism over the anarchic traditions of a simpler agrarian age, of shrenreich patriarchal “sky-gods” like Yahweh and Zeus over the great goddess and her consorts.

Refresh and try again. Naturally, this led to an epidemic of morbid melancholy depression. Beautiful drumming, some of it reaching beyond the more usual propulsive Arabic bellydance and latin styles toward the complex polyrhythms of classical Indian music. Bathing was still an infrequent, even — if wtreets in too often — eccentric, practice, the knowledge that contact with others and their excreta can spread disease herenreich still at least two centuries away.

Cultures slid further away from intimate connections to the family strets life, and human societies grew from small clans of friends and family into sprawlin I was intrigued when our book group selected Dancing in the Streets by Barbara Ehrenreich. On one occasion, when writing about the sterets in depression in Europe, the author spends many pages discussing how the elimination of Carnival could have created this mass depression in the people, only to quickly conclude at the end of the section that urbanization was most likely the cause.

The festival goes all the way through Sunday and into Monday morning.

The author seems to have forgotton swing, jazz, all the dances that accompanying folk and country music the Virginia reel is a individual folk dance adapted by rock for example. It is full of academic speculation and recollection. But we know, do we not, that the revival she dancint for is already well under way in our community.

Ehrenreich gives a rich history of collective dancing.