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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Mar 21, Cynthia Haggard rated it it was amazing. What, you say the festivals have been excluded from the churches and banished from the countryside? Later, after Ehrenreich self identifies as an anti-war protestor and hippie and heralds rock music for uniting this community, she criticizes cultural anthropologist Victor Turner, who had a negative viewpoint on the strreets counterculture.

If the destruction of festivals did dancibg actually cause depression, it may still be that, in abandoning their traditional festivities, people lost a potentially effective cure for it.

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For at least 10, years the human race ehrenfeich, at regular and officially sanctioned intervals, abandoned the hard diurnal grind of work and taken to the streets. Consider three-dimensional virtual worlds, such as Second Life, where people design their personal avatar that moves through a virtual world entirely constructed by virtual community members. The real value of this book, its heart, is the author’s plaintive description of what was lost – the loss of community, the disappearance of a rite by which people came together and shared food and music and joy with each other – the disappearance of an occasion when individuals could shed their personalities, could stop playing the role society assigned them, and be just one human in harmony ehrfnreich others, equal, united solely in their humanity – an occasion when one could enjoy real ecstasy, could escape from oneself, from one’s limitations, and become one with something larger, more powerful, more significance than oneself.


She sees Christianity as its major opponent in the US.

Dancing in the Streets by Barbara Ehrenreich

Refresh and try again. Just as Christianity drew from earlier religious elements like singing, chanting, and movement, the image of Jesus incorporated several features from pagan religion.

So I rise up, the body growing lighter with each second, am up-borne stronger, drawn up faster, uprising swifter Ehrenreich mentions that before rock music and the dancing that came with itProtestantism had eliminated all music and dance that one could express emotions or individuality through.

I have personally struggled to find opportunities to share this “collective effervescence” that are not frustrated by weird dogma. The old deities were accessible to all through ritually induced ecstasy.

Are anecdotal – and are based on reliance on an eccentric selection of secondary sources. I have read several other books by Barbara Ehrenreich, but this one in the worst. The shallow, wide, and sparkling Salmo River runs through it more about that later.

On Not Getting By in America provided a significant swath of middle-class Americans with a personally experienced account of just how hard it is to get by on a variety of minimum wage jobs in this country, for example.

As an investigative reporter, Ehrenreich might be quite skilled. My third big objection is that she makes very little effort to make her thesis relevant thee modern life. Barbara Ehrenreich is an engaging, enlightened and incisive critic of western culture, particularly in the company of writers on the New York Times Best Sellers List.

Gatherings where the gods are tne to manifest themselves in a shared spirit that sweeps across a crowd, leaving expressions of delight and wonder in its wake.


I do wonder where we are headed? Arguably these online communities do not provide the level of physical engagement and movement of traditional gatherings, but many online groups conduct both online vancing real-life gatherings, blurring such traditional distinctions. I just was not ready for so much more academia in Dancing in the Streets so I am giving it two stars: Like the Pied Piper, Hitler tried to unify and lead all good Germans to a heroic racially pure Teutonic utopia.

Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy by Barbara Ehrenreich

Ehrenreich also finds a remarkable parallel between the suppression that took place with the Protestant Reformation in Europe and the Wahhab movement in Islam. Perhaps they will be explored thhe the end. Pleasure was of the devil.

Christian missionaries wrought havoc among conquered peoples by depriving them of long-established customs that effectively maintained psychic and social balance within the group; tribal song and dance were ruthlessly repressed.

Aug 30, Gary Turner rated it really liked it. To be honest, there has not yet been a definition of joy.

The most supportive evidence is the ubiquity of this type of primitive ritual across the world – among the Native-Americans, the tribes of Africa, the Islanders of the Pacific, etc. This was less about collective joy than the repression of collective joy, and heavily focused on the Christian tradition, although not sancing so.

And strets has a real talent for this. It became the great creative outlet of the people. He then sits down or lies on the ground and laughs still louder.