Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy

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Granta Books, 2007 - Collective behavior - 320 pages
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An account of the human desire for collective joy. Barbara 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.

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Ehrenreich (Nickel and Dimed) has written the best kind of popular history, here mining other scholars' observations on an impressive range of topics to describe and make sense of a complex social and ... Read full review

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Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of "Blood Rites"; "The Worst Years of Our Lives"; "Fear of Falling", which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, & eight other books. A frequent contributor to Time, Harper's, Esquire, The New Republic, Mirabella, The Nation, The New York Magazine, she lives near Key West, Florida.

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