Dancing in the Streets

A History of Collective Joy
Barbara Ehrenreich

In her landmark analysis, Barbara Ehrenreich dissects the true nature of human communion and the joy we feel when we are able to celebrate with one another.


Product Description

In Dancing in the Streets, New York Times bestselling author Barbara Ehrenreich attempts to dissect the history of communion and celebration throughout human history. Moving deftly from analysis of prehistoric life to the inner-happenings in 21st century nightclubs, Ehrenreich examines why and how humans come together to celebrate their collective joy.

Of particular interest to religious scholars, Ehrenreich expertly draws lines between religions from the Far East to Western Christianity and examines the intersections they share with human celebration throughout history. It is nearly impossible to pick up this book and not learn something new on almost every page.

The amount of research that Ehrenreich poured into Dancing in the Streets is staggering. She's managed to create a totally original masterpiece in which readers are allowed an all-encompassing glimpse into what is one of the most fundamental aspects of life in human society.

"Barbara Ehrenreich's absorbing study of collective celebration does the essential job of reminding us that humans are happiest when doing things together... Ehrenreich has an ability to write as though she has lived through the history she relates...she draws on research from prehistory, classical civilization theology, anthology, neuroscience, literature and pop-cultural studies to present a convincing case for a return to spontaneous celebration. In doing so she alerts us to the elements of human experience that are universal and so have the possibility of equality among men... Once reconciled to the counterintuitive nature of spending hours alone reading a book that suggest you'd be better off dancing instead, time will fly and you'll end it convinced that you've been in happy, wine-fuelled conversation with the author herself" -Lynsey Hanley, The Daily Telegraph

User reviews

Its not a book about Dancing, its a book about Living!

By Rachel Bennison, Tallahassee, FL

I love to dance and I love this book. Anyone who has ever been to a music festival, walked through city streets while watching a parade, or even attended a crowded wedding reception knows that amazing feeling you get from being around a group of people celebrating. If you've ever wondered why people are not always out having a great time together and celebrating life, then pick up this book! Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy, deals with the reasons why our culture has been repressive to the natural inclination to cut loose and celebrate. There is a reason why celebration feels so important. After putting this one down, you'll want to go out into the streets and party yourself!