By Barbara Ehrenreich
"Fascinating . . . An admirably lucid, level-headed heritage of outbreaks of pleasure from Dionysus to the thankful Dead."--Terry Eagleton, The Nation
Widely praised as "impressive" (The Washington submit booklet World), "ambitious" (The Wall highway Journal), and "alluring" (The la Times), Dancing within the Streets explores a human impulse that has been so successfully suppressed that we lack even a time period for it: the need for collective pleasure, traditionally expressed in revels of feasting, costuming, and dancing.
Drawing on a wealth of historical past and anthropology, Barbara Ehrenreich uncovers the origins of communal social gathering in human biology and tradition. From the earliest orgiastic Mesopotamian rites to the medieval perform of Christianity as a "danced religion" and the transgressive freedoms of carnival, she demonstrates that mass festivities have lengthy been relevant to the Western culture. In contemporary centuries, this festive culture has been repressed, cruelly and infrequently bloodily. yet as Ehrenreich argues during this unique, exhilarating, and eventually confident e-book, the celebratory impulse is just too deeply ingrained in human nature ever to be thoroughly extinguished.