[sociology] Dance fever is not a new phenomenon, according to Barbara Ehrenreich. And not something that works best on TV. The sugary thing about the dance, that which creates our collective sense of rhythm, arises only when we are participants, and not just spectators, as she writes.
In Dancing in the Streets, the author sheds bitter tears at the fact that humans have lost this contact with their rhythmic past. Spontaneous unfolding in the streets was once the glue that bound society together, she states firmly. Now, the human urge to move at a loss of sight has been corrupted by the cultural industry or cowed by tone-deaf rulers, whether they are American Christians of the moodless type or Saudi Arabian Wahabists.
In other words, the new book for the author behind Purchased and Underpaid and Lured and Cheated celebrates the human potential for collective eruptions in everything from ring games, via Sufi Islam and African tribal rituals to the World Cup.
However, Ehrenreich begins in the really old days. Perhaps the sense of rhythm was created as a defense against predators,. . .
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