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Dancing in the streets : a history of collective joy

Author: Barbara Ehrenreich
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : EnglishView all editions and formats
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[In this book, the author] 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 ecstatic revels of feasting, costuming, and dancing. She uncovers the origins of communal celebration in human biology and culture. Although 16th-century Europeans viewed mass festivities as foreign and "savage," [she] shows that they  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Barbara Ehrenreich
OCLC Number: 269406899
Notes: Originally published: New York : Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Co., 2007, c2006. 1st ed.
Description: Sound disc : digital, mono. ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Invitation to the dance --
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 --
Note on puritanism and military reform --
Epidemic of melancholy --
Guns against drums, imperialism encounters ecstasy --
Fascist spectacles --
Rock of rebellion --
Carnivalizing sports --
Conclusion: Possibility of revival.
Responsibility: Barbara Ehrenreich.

Abstract:

[In this book, the author] 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 ecstatic revels of feasting, costuming, and dancing. She uncovers the origins of communal celebration in human biology and culture. Although 16th-century Europeans viewed mass festivities as foreign and "savage," [she] shows that they were indigenous to the West, from the ancient Greeks to medieval Christianity. Ultimately, church officials drove the festivities into the streets, 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 uprisings and revolutions from France to the Caribbean to the American plains. Yet outbreaks of group revelry persist, as [the author] shows, pointing to the 1960s rock-and-roll rebellion and the more recent "carnivalization" of sports.
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