Dancing in the Streets

A History of Collective Joy

Barbara Ehrenreich
NZD $28.99

This book explores the common characteristics of the communal celebrations displayed by cultures from all parts of the world and throughout history.

Ehrenreich uncovers the origins of communal celebration in human biology and culture. She discovers that the same elements come up in every human culture throughout history: a love of masking, carnival, music-making and dance. Although sixteenth-century Europeans began to view 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 practices of Christianity as a danced religion. Exhilarating in its scholarly range, humane, witty and impassioned, Dancing in the Streets will generate debate and soul searching.

Author bio:

Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of fourteen books, including the bestselling Nickel and Dimed and Bait and Switch. She lives in New York State.

Category: Current Affairs & Politics
ISBN: 9781847080080
Edition No: 1
Publisher: Granta
Imprint: Granta Paperbacks
Pub Date: July 2008
Page Extent: 240
Format: Paperback - B format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Social issues & processes