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Where's the Rave?,
This review is from: Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy (Paperback)
As someone interested in sociology, and ecstatic dance, I found this very interesting indeed. The writing style is easy to read, although it seems well-researched too. However, the emphasis is on the 'history', and there is nothing about present-day ecstatic dance practices. No mention of the rave movement even - didn't it impact the USA at all? No mention at all of the existence of current trance dance or circle dance culture - or was that dismissed with the reference to 'doped-up hippies'? Perhaps this is because the book focusses on the mainstream, so instead we get a chapter on the 'Carnivalization of Sport', as the author suggests that this is the new cultural expression for communal feeling. She's probably right ... her arguments are convincing that jumping up and down and shouting and singing at football matches is the re-emergent expression of Dionysian desires. I guess a lot of the ancient 'dancing' wasn't much different, really.
This review sounds quite critical, but I do recommend the book.
Little things you say and do
Make them quite afraid of you
Dance is a crazy feelin'
Now you know it's got them reelin'
When you dance then they fear you, rave on