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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I see everything at once, without the delays of succession, and each detail is equal and equally lucid Similarly, greater familiarity with scholarly terminology on Ehrenreich’s part would have strengthened her work—when historians or anthropologists refer to things as “liminal”, that does not mean, as she seems to think, that they are dismissing something as marginal or unimportant, but rather that it gains in power or possibility because it straddles the margins of more than one sphere.

Look into the details of the streeys of the religion. For at least 10, years the human race has, at regular and officially sanctioned intervals, abandoned the hard diurnal grind of work and taken to the streets.

I was disappointed to find that “collective joy” was narrowly defined in a very specific sense of trancelike, community-wide ritual sttreets with ehrenriech festivities. Can’t argue with that. Maybe she was ehrenreivh, at least in spirit, who knows? Views Read Edit View history. This theory has the advantage of dancinb the epidemic of ‘melancholy’ that occurred in the late 16th through the 17th century – the time when, after the invention of the printing press, books were becoming widely available and the habit of reading ‘took off’ – as did the incidence of suicide.

The topic is very interesting and rarely explored, at least in my experience as a reader. Blames it on the elites – on authoritative power structures wishing to control the masses – to organize them vertically, not horizontally – to counter and crush any hint of social equality – so because those festivals created a sense of solidarity, a sense of equality, they were suppressed- and so was lost the sense of community they created.

It may be this evolutionary tendency that explains why group gatherings transcend cultural boundaries.

I don’t know that it was enough for him, sadly. This conversion drains the events of their power, and the cycle begins anew.

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Eat, drink and be merry. A lot of this book focuses on hierarchies and how they are threatened by collective joy.

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Will posit that the major reason loss of community was not these, but rather the change from an illiterate society to a literate one.

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. There is an argument that people experience depression because they have been robbed of this sort of joy. To ask other readers questions about Dancing in the Streetsplease sign up. May 29, Daeryl Holzer rated it it was amazing.

Why this should have happened, and what the consequences have been, are the matter of Barbara Ehrenreich’s witty and quizzical new book, a follow-up to her devastating study of war, Blood Rites. 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. As a white American, I have always felt an important part of myself locked down, and tied up.

Ehrenreich makes a distinction between ecstatic ritual and spectacle.

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How purely form it is, without, for the moment, the shadow of meaning. A feminine, or androgynous, spirit of playfulness versus the cold principle of patriarchal authority. Then effect was a little like the “the wave” in sports arenas another phenomenon discussed in Ehrenreich’s bookbut so much more overtly ecstatic 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.

He also seems to have little to do with fertility. I have read several other books by Barbara Ehrenreich, but this one in the worst. Lists with This Book. Sadly it seems we have gone from ‘collective joy’ to ‘collective ignorance’. She reports, for example, the hilarious attempts of the American Life Application Study Bible to subvert Christ’s manifest socialism: Ehrenreich chronicles the early church’s systematic attempts to remove the Dionysian elements from their services – dancing, singing, speaking in tongues, the tossing of freely flowing hair.

Few novelists have captured the rhythms and flow of life with the veracity of Elena Ferrante in Priests and monarchs have ever been the foes of genuine popular celebrations.

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Feb 28, Gavin Morgan rated it it was amazing.

The ecstatic emotion engendered was perceived by its participants as a direct experience of god, unmediated by priests or interpreters. Arguably these online communities do not provide the level of physical engagement and movement of traditional gatherings, but many online groups conduct both online and real-life gatherings, blurring such traditional distinctions.

Oct 19, Richard Reese rated it really liked it. While it is true that folks at rock festivals don special clothing, indulge in mind-altering substances, and ecstatically lose their quotidian personality, becoming one with the crowd of rock fans swaying, clapping, shouting as one, and while it is true that sport fans put on team colors, paint themselves, drink alcohol and ecstatically lose their individuality, becoming one with the crowd of screaming fans doing the ‘wave’, both are self-selected groups – people of a particular age, or sex, or economic class – and the community they create is temporary or partial – the solidarity only of limited duration, of limited significance.

But I do recall the movie made about David Foster Wallace the one with Jason Seagul and how he found a sort of joy in collective dancing.

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I didn’t realize that I didn’t know anything about the origin of mystery cults. Paradise was where their feet were standing. Books by Barbara Ehrenreich. But the years of European expansionism sent somber folk out to conquer the world and end the festivities wherever they were encountered.

Ehrenreich also finds a remarkable parallel between the suppression that took place with the Protestant Reformation in Europe and the Wahhab movement in Islam. They did not worship invisible deities, because that required a vivid imagination. They are also books where her writing is quite personal and succinct.

There’s definitely fodder for thought and for discussion in the ideas Ehrenreich raises. Ehrenreich has done for this book. It was great to get there midweek, and to be in camp as the energy and excitement built, day by day, to the explosive peak on Saturday night! This is a loaded question, but suppositions aside, the history of group festivities makes for fascinating reading.

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