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                             DR. BARBARA  EHRENRICH

 

                              


   

 

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       "Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War"

 

                                              

 

 

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Barbara Ehrenreich's articles, reviews and essays have been widely published. She received the Sydney Hillman Award for Journalism and a Brill's Content "Honorable Mention" (1999) for a chapter of her book, "Nickel and Dimed," (Owl Books, 2002) which appeared in Harper's in January 1999. A second essay entitled "Maid to Order," which grew out of her research for this book, was also published in Harper's (2000).

Ms. Ehrenreich is the author of "Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War" (Metropolitan, 1997) and a collection of essays entitled "The Worst Years of Our Lives: Irreverent Notes from a Decade of Greed" (Random House Inc., 1990). She also wrote "Fear of Falling: The Inner Life of the Middle Class" (Pantheon Books, 1989), which was nominated for a National Book Critics' Award in 1989; "The Snarling Citizen" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1995); "The Hearts of Men: American Dreams and the Flight from Commitment" (Anchor Books/Doubleday, 1983); "The American Health Empire: Power, Profits and Politics" (Vintage Books, 1971), with John Ehrenreich; "Witches, Midwives and Nurses: A History of Women Healers" (Feminist Press, 1972); "For Her Own Good: 150 Years of the Experts' Advice to Women" (Anchor Press, 1978), with Deirdre English; "Re-Making Love: The Feminization of Sex" (Random House Inc., 1986), with Elizabeth Hess and Gloria Jacobs; "The Mean Season: The Attack on Social Welfare" (Pantheon Books, 1987), with Frances Fox Piven, Richard Cloward, and Fred Block; and a novel, "Kipper's Game" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1993). She has most recently co-edited a collection of essays with Arlie Russell Hochschild called "Global Woman" (Metropolitan, 2002). Her essay in Harper's "Welcome to Cancerland" was a finalist for a National Magazine Award in 2003.

Ms. Ehrenreich has a Phd in Biology from The Rockefeller University and has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a Ford Foundation Award for Humanistic Perspectives on Contemporary Society (1982), a Guggenheim Fellowship (1987-88) and a grant for Research and Writing from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (1995). She shared the National Magazine Award for Excellence in Reporting (1980) and has received honorary degrees from Reed College, the State University of New York at Old Westbury, the College of Wooster in Ohio, John Jay College, UMass-Lowell and La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. In 1998 and in 2000 she taught essay-writing at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.
 

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Blood Rites : Origins and History of the Passions of War (Paperback)
by Barbara Ehrenreich "Although it is true that aggressive impulses, up to and including murderous rage, can easily take over in the heat of actual battle, even this..." (more)
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 In this ambitious work, Barbara Ehrenreich offers a daring explanation for humans' propensity to wage war. Rather than approach the subject from a physiological perspective, pinpointing instinct or innate aggressiveness as the violent culprit, she reaches back to primitive man's fear of predators and the anxieties associated with life in the food chain. To deal with the reality of living as prey, she argues that blood rites were created to dramatize and validate the life-and-death struggle. Jumping ahead to the modern age, Ehrenreich brands nationalism a more sophisticated form of blood ritual, a phenomenon that conjures similar fears of predation, whether in the form of lost territory or the more extreme ethnic cleansing. Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War may not offer a cure for human aggression, but the author does present a convincing argument for the difficulties associated with achieving peace. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
 
 
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 Social critic and Time magazine essayist Ehrenreich (The Worst Years of Our Lives, LJ 4/15/90) turns her attention here to anthropology, delving into the causes of man's age-old interest in war. Her remarkable thesis is that primitive peoples were defined not so much by a killer predatory instinct as by their role as prey for other animals. Social constructs such as war and ritual sacrifice then developed as ways to reenact the primal emotions of being prey?the terror of facing a hungry beast. Her thesis is fascinating, and the anthropological exposition is well written and convincing, if mainly speculative. Ehrenreich's last section, which uses scattered examples from modern history to illustrate the "sacralization" of war, is also intriguing (if somewhat less convincing). Recommended for both public and academic libraries.?Robert Persing, Univ. of Pennsylvania Lib., Philadelphia
 Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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