Dancing in the Streets A History of Collective Joy

ISBN-10: 0805057242
ISBN-13: 9780805057249
Edition: 2006 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 12/26/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

"Fascinating . . . An admirably lucid, level-headed history of outbreaks of joy from Dionysus to the Grateful Dead."--Terry Eagleton, "The Nation""" Widely praised as "impressive" (The Washington Post Book World), "ambitious" (The Wall Street Journal), and "alluring" (The Los Angeles Times), Dancing in the Streets explores a human impulse that has been so effectively suppressed that we lack even a term for it: the desire for collective joy, historically expressed in revels of feasting, costuming, and dancing. Drawing on a wealth of history and anthropology, Barbara Ehrenreich uncovers the origins of communal celebration in human biology and culture. From the earliest orgiastic Mesopotamian rites to the medieval practice of Christianity as a "danced religion" and the transgressive freedoms of carnival, she demonstrates that mass festivities have long been central to the Western tradition. In recent centuries, this festive tradition has been repressed, cruelly and often bloodily. But as Ehrenreich argues in this original, exhilarating, and ultimately optimistic book, the celebratory impulse is too deeply ingrained in human nature ever to be completely extinguished.

Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of "Blood Rites"; "The Worst Years of Our Lives"; "Fear of Falling", which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, & eight other books. A frequent contributor to Time, Harper's, Esquire, The New Republic, Mirabella, The Nation, The New York Magazine, she lives near Key West, Florida.

Introduction: Invitation to the Dance
The Archaic Roots of Ecstasy
Civilization and Backlash
Jesus and Dionysus
From the Churches to the Streets: The Creation of Carnival
Killing Carnival: Reformation and Repression
A Note on Puritanism and Military Reform
An Epidemic of Melancholy
Guns Against Drums: Imperialism Encounters Ecstasy
Fascist Spectacles
The Rock Rebellion
Carnivalizing Sports
Conclusion: The Possibility of Revival
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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