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Joy versus depression in western culture,
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This review is from: Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy (Hardcover)
This is an interesting take on the rise of misery in western culture - the thesis being that it has been the gradual suppression of all outlets to communal celebration that has led to xs individualism and great misery.
The descriptions of the changes in church culture and the place of organised religion as part of communal ecstacy is interesting as is the parallels with older pagan customs and modern night club culture.
A good read but the well researched but simple idea runs out of steam a bit at the end and depression has many more sociocultural roots than the lack of communal ecstacy - eg the breakdown of the family and the increasing divide between rich and poor