Dig Through Our Books

Title
Author
Keyword
Advanced Search
 
 
Gift Cards
Checkout a Gift Card


 




Bookmark and Share




 
Browse By Category

View Other Categories
 
 
 
Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy, Ehrenreich, Barbara

Author Name    Ehrenreich, Barbara

Title   Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy

Binding   Hardcover

Book Condition   Good

Publisher    Metropolitan Books

ISBN Number    0805057234 / 9780805057232

Seller ID   SKU9140896

0805057234 1st edition, 1st printing with full number line. Good. Light to moderate wear to covers/corners. Contains academic or public library markings. Support Last Word Books & Press and independent booksellers.

Stock Description, May Not Reflect Item

From the bestselling social commentator and cultural historian, a fascinating exploration of one of humanity's oldest traditions: the celebration of communal joy
In the acclaimed "Blood Rites," Barbara Ehrenreich delved into the origins of our species' attraction to war. Here, she explores the opposite impulse, one that has been so effectively suppressed that we lack even a term for it: the desire for collective joy, historically expressed in ecstatic revels of feasting, costuming, and dancing.
Ehrenreich uncovers the origins of communal celebration in human biology and culture. Although sixteenth-century Europeans viewed mass festivities as foreign and "savage," Ehrenreich shows that they were indigenous to the West, from the ancient Greeks' worship of Dionysus to the medieval practice of Christianity as a "danced religion." Ultimately, church officials drove the festivities into the streets, the prelude to widespread reformation: Protestants criminalized carnival, Wahhabist Muslims battled ecstatic Sufism, European colonizers wiped out native dance rites. The elites' fear that such gatherings would undermine social hierarchies was justified: the festive tradition inspired French revolutionary crowds and uprisings from the Caribbean to the American plains. Yet outbreaks of group revelry persist, as Ehrenreich shows, pointing to the 1960s rock-and-roll rebellion and the more recent "carnivalization" of sports.
Original, exhilarating, and deeply optimistic, "Dancing in the Streets" concludes that we are innately social beings, impelled to share our joy and therefore able to envision, even create, a more peaceable future.

Price = 15.00 USD


Related items brought to you by the miracles of modern technology:
From Emperor to Citizen: The Autobiography of Aisin-Gioro Pu Yi
Aisin-Gioro Pu Yi
15.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

The Pardon: A Novel
Grippando, James
9.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

Cruel Doubt
McGinniss, Joe
8.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

The Partner, Grisham, John
The Partner
Grisham, John
8.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

The Last Precinct (A Scarpetta Novel)
Cornwell, Patricia
8.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

Hello, Darkness (Brown, Sandra)
Brown, Sandra
9.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

Basilisk
Browne, N.M.
15.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

Quite a Year for Plums: A novel
White, Bailey
8.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

Masterpiece, Broach, Elise
Masterpiece
Broach, Elise
15.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

The Guilty Plea: A Novel, Rotenberg, Robert
The Guilty Plea: A Novel
Rotenberg, Robert
20.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

The Widow of the South
Hicks, Robert
10.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

In an Uncertain World: Tough Choices from Wall Street to Washington
Robert E. Rubin; Jacob Weisberg
10.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

 


Questions, comments, or suggestions
Please write to lastwordbooks@gmail.com
Copyright©2017. All Rights Reserved.
Powered by ChrisLands.com

 

 

cookie