. From the bestselling social commentator and cultural historian, a fascinating exploration of one of humanity's oldest traditions: the celebration of communal joyIn the acclaimed Blood Rites, Barbara Ehrenreich delved into the origins of our species' attraction to war. Here, costuming, historically expressed in ecstatic revels of feasting, she explores the opposite impulse, one that has been so effectively suppressed that we lack even a term for it: the desire for collective joy, and dancing.
Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy #ad - Ehrenreich uncovers the origins of communal celebration in human biology and culture. Although sixteenth-century europeans viewed 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 practice of Christianity as a "danced religion.
Ultimately, the prelude to widespread reformation: Protestants criminalized carnival, Wahhabist Muslims battled ecstatic Sufism, church officials drove the festivities into the streets, European colonizers wiped out native dance rites. Yet outbreaks of group revelry persist, as Ehrenreich shows, pointing to the 1960s rock-and-roll rebellion and the more recent "carnivalization" of sports.
Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about EverythingTwelve #ad - The result is both deeply personal and cosmically sweeping-a searing memoir and a profound reflection on science, religion, and the human condition. In living with a wild god, she recounts her quest-beginning in childhood-to find "the truth" about the universe and everything else: What's really going on? Why are we here? In middle age, in all the intervening years, so cataclysmic, that she had never, she rediscovered the journal she had kept during her tumultuous adolescence, which records an event so strange, written or spoken about it to anyone.
With her signature combination of intellectual rigor and uninhibited imagination, Ehrenreich offers a true literary achievement-a work that has the power not only to entertain but amaze. It was the kind of event that people call a "mystical experience"-and, to a steadfast atheist and rationalist, nothing less than shattering.
Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything #ad - In living with a wild god, at one point or another, bringing an older woman's wry and erudite perspective to a young girl's impassioned obsession with the questions that, Ehrenreich reconstructs her childhood mission, torment us all. Educated as a scientist, she is an author, journalist, activist, and advocate for social justice.
From the new york times bestselling author of Nickel and Dimed comes a brave, frank, and exquisitely written memoir that will change the way you see the world. Barbara ehrenreich is one of the most important thinkers of our time.
Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined AmericaMetropolitan Books #ad - On a national level, it's brought us an era of irrational optimism resulting in disaster. The medical profession prescribes positive thinking for its presumed health benefits. A sharp-witted knockdown of america's love affair with positive thinking and an urgent call for a new commitment to realismAmericans are a "positive" people—cheerful, optimistic, and upbeat: this is our reputation as well as our self-image.
But more than a temperament, we are told, being positive, is the key to success and prosperity. This is ehrenreich at her provocative best—poking holes in conventional wisdom and faux science, and ending with a call for existential clarity and courage. In this utterly original take on the american frame of mind, Barbara Ehrenreich traces the strange career of our sunny outlook from its origins as a marginal nineteenth-century healing technique to its enshrinement as a dominant, almost mandatory, cultural attitude.
With the mythbusting powers for which she is acclaimed, Ehrenreich exposes the downside of America's penchant for positive thinking: On a personal level, it leads to self-blame and a morbid preoccupation with stamping out "negative" thoughts. Evangelical mega-churches preach the good news that you only have to want something to get it, because God wants to "prosper" you.
Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America #ad - Academia has made room for new departments of "positive psychology" and the "science of happiness. Nowhere, though, where, has bright-siding taken firmer root than within the business community, as Ehrenreich shows, the refusal even to consider negative outcomes—like mortgage defaults—contributed directly to the current economic crisis.
Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live LongerTwelve #ad - We tend to believe we have agency over our bodies, our minds, and even over the manner of our deaths. Both funny and caustic, ehrenreich then tackles the seemingly unsolvable problem of how we might better prepare ourselves for the end -- while still reveling in the lives that remain to us. A new york times bestseller! from the celebrated author of Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich explores how we are killing ourselves to live longer, not better.
A razor-sharp polemic which offers an entirely new understanding of our bodies, and our place in the universe, ourselves, NATURAL CAUSES describes how we over-prepare and worry way too much about what is inevitable. How to live well, even joyously, while accepting our mortality -- that is the vitally important philosophical challenge of this book.
Drawing on varied sources, natural causes examines the ways in which we obsess over death, from personal experience and sociological trends to pop culture and current scientific literature, our bodies, and our health. One by one, healthy life -- from the importance of preventive medical screenings to the concepts of wellness and mindfulness, Ehrenreich topples the shibboleths that guide our attempts to live a long, from dietary fads to fitness culture.
Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer #ad - But natural causes goes deeper -- into the fundamental unreliability of our bodies and even our "mind-bodies, " to use the fashionable term. But the latest science shows that the microscopic subunits of our bodies make their own "decisions, " and not always in our favor. We may buy expensive anti-aging products or cosmetic surgery, get preventive screenings and eat more kale, or throw ourselves into meditation and spirituality.
But all these things offer only the illusion of control.
Living Folklore, 2nd Edition: An Introduction to the Study of People and Their TraditionsUtah State University Press #ad - Living folklore is a comprehensive, straightforward introduction to folklore as it is lived, shared and practiced in contemporary settings. Drawing on examples from diverse american groups and experiences, this text gives the student a strong foundation—from the field's history and major terms to theories and interpretive approaches.
Living folklore moves beyond genres and classifications, and encourages students who are new to the field to see the study of folklore as a unique approach to understanding people, communities, and day-to-day artistic communication. This revised edition incorporates new examples, research, and theory along with added discussion of digital and online folklore.
Bait and Switch: The Futile Pursuit of the American DreamMetropolitan Books #ad - Now, in bait and switch, she enters another hidden realm of the economy: the shadowy world of the white-collar unemployed. The bestselling author of nickel and dimed goes back undercover to do for America's ailing middle class what she did for the working poorBarbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed explored the lives of low-wage workers.
Armed with a plausible résumé of a professional "in transition, " she attempts to land a middle-class job—undergoing career coaching and personality testing, networking events, job fairs, then trawling a series of EST-like boot camps, and evangelical job-search ministries. She gets an image makeover, yet is proselytized, works to project a winning attitude, scammed, lectured, and—again and again—rejected.
Bait and Switch: The Futile Pursuit of the American Dream #ad - Bait and switch highlights the people who've done everything right—gotten college degrees, and built up impressive résumés—yet have become repeatedly vulnerable to financial disaster, developed marketable skills, and not simply due to the vagaries of the business cycle. Like the now classic nickel and dimed, Bait and Switch is alternately hilarious and tragic, a searing exposé of economic cruelty where we least expect it.
As ehrenreich discovers, there are few social supports for these newly disposable workers—and little security even for those who have jobs. Today's ultra-lean corporations take pride in shedding their "surplus" employees—plunging them, for months or years at a stretch, into the twilight zone of white-collar unemployment, where job searching becomes a full-time job in itself.
Witches, Midwives, & Nurses Second Edition: A History of Women Healers Contemporary ClassicsThe Feminist Press at CUNY #ad - This quick history brings us up-to-date, alternative medicine, exploring today's changing attitudes toward childbirth, and modern-day witches. As we watch another agonizing attempt to shift the future of healthcare in the United States, we are reminded of the longevity of this crisis, and how firmly entrenched we are in a system that doesn't work.
Witches, first published by the feminist press in 1973, and Nurses, Midwives, is an essential book about the corruption of the medical establishment and its historic roots in witch hunters. In this new edition, barbara ehrenreich and Deirdre English have written an entirely new chapter that delves into the current fascination with and controversies about witches, exposing our fears and fantasies.
Witches, Midwives, & Nurses Second Edition: A History of Women Healers Contemporary Classics #ad - . They build on their classic exposé on the demonization of women healers and the political and economic monopolization of medicine.
Keeping Together in Time: Dance and Drill in Human HistoryHarvard University Press #ad - There are the shakers, and the mormons, who combined worship and dancing, who carefully separated the functions but who prospered at least as much on the strength of their dancing as their Sunday morning worship. David warsh, boston Sunday Globe "A wide-ranging and thought-provoking book. A mind-stretching exploration of the thesis that `keeping together in time'--army drill, village dances, and the like--consolidates group solidarity by making us feel good about ourselves and the group and thus was critical for social cohesion and group survival in the past.
Virginia quarterly review "This book is nothing less than a survey of the historical impact of shared. Mcneill develops an unconventional notion that, he observes, is 'simplicity itself. He maintains that people who move together to the same beat tend to bond and thus that communal dance and drill alter human feelings.
Keeping Together in Time: Dance and Drill in Human History #ad - John mueller, graceful, a slender, new York Times Book Review "Every now and then, unassuming little volume modestly proposes a radical rethinking of human history. A tour de force of imagination and scholarship, Keeping Together in Time reveals the muscular, rhythmic dimension of human solidarity. As he has done for historical phenomena as diverse as warfare, plague, and the pursuit of power, William McNeill brings a dazzling breadth and depth of knowledge to his study of dance and drill in human history.
From the records of distant and ancient peoples to the latest findings of the life sciences, he discovers evidence that rhythmic movement has played a profound role in creating and sustaining human communities.
Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the SoulAvery #ad - Backed by the latest research, adaptability, creativity, Play explains why play is essential to our social skills, intelligence, ability to problem solve and more. We are designed by nature to flourish through play. A fascinating blend of cutting-edge neuroscience, and inspiring human stories of the transformative power of play, psychology, biology, social science, this book proves why play just might be the most important work we can ever do.
. Stuart brown illustrates, play is anything but trivial. This is the joy of play. It is a biological drive as integral to our health as sleep or nutrition. But as Dr. Brown has spent his career studying animal behavior and conducting more than six-thousand "play histories" of humans from all walks of life-from serial murderers to Nobel Prize winners.
Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul #ad - Dr. Or the blissful abandon of a golden retriever racing across a lawn. From a leading expert, a groundbreaking book on the science of play, and its essential role in fueling our happiness and intelligence throughout our lives We've all seen the happiness on the face of a child while playing in the school yard.
Particularly in tough times, we need to play more than ever, search out new solutions, as it's the very means by which we prepare for the unexpected, and remain optimistic. By definition, play is purposeless, all-consuming, and fun.
For Her Own Good: Two Centuries of the Experts Advice to WomenAnchor #ad - Since the the nineteenth century, professionals have been invoking scientific expertise to prescribe what women should do for their own good. Women are entering the medical and scientific professions in greater numbers but as recent research shows, experts continue to use pseudoscience to tell women how to live.
From clitoridectomies to tame women’s behavior in the nineteenth century to the censure of a generation of mothers as castrators in the 1950s, emotional, doctors have not hesitated to intervene in women’s sexual, and maternal lives. Even domesticity, the most popular prescription for a safe environment for woman, spawned legions of “scientific” experts.
For Her Own Good: Two Centuries of the Experts Advice to Women #ad - . For her own good provides today’s readers with an indispensable dose of informed skepticism. Among the experts’ diagnoses and remedies: menstruation was an illness requiring seclusion; pregnancy, a disabling condition; and higher education, a threat to long-term health of the uterus. This women's history classic brilliantly exposed the constraints imposed on women in the name of science and exposes the myths used to control them.
Barbara ehrenreich and dierdre English has never lost faith in science itself, butinsist that we hold those who interpret it to higher standards.
This Land Is Their Land: Reports from a Divided NationMetropolitan Books #ad - While members of the moneyed elite can buy congressmen, many in the working class can barely buy lunch. America in the 'aughts—hilariously skewered, about the reagan era, and darkly diagnosed by the bestselling social critic hailed as "the soul mate"* of Jonathan SwiftBarbara Ehrenreich's first book of satirical commentary, The Worst Years of Our Lives, brilliantly dissected, was received with bestselling acclaim.
While a wealthy minority obsessively consumes cosmetic surgery, the poor often go without health care for their children. Ehrenreich's antidotes are as sardonic as they are spot-on: pet insurance for your kids; Salvation Army fashions for those who can no longer afford Wal-Mart; and boundless rage against those who have given us a nation scarred by deepening inequality, corroded by distrust, and shamed by its official cruelty.
This Land Is Their Land: Reports from a Divided Nation #ad - Full of wit and generosity, these reports from a divided nation show once again that Ehrenreich is, as Molly Ivins said, "good for the soul. The times London. And while the corporate c-suites are now nests of criminality, the less fortunate are fed a diet of morality, marriage, and abstinence. The one problem was the title: couldn't some prophetic fact-checker have seen that the worst years of our lives—far worse—were still to come? Here they are, the 2000s, and in This Land Is Their Land, Ehrenreich subjects them to the most biting and incisive satire of her career.
Taking the measure of what we are left with after the cruelest decade in memory, Ehrenreich finds lurid extremes all around.