LEARNING CAPOERIA: LESSONS IN CUNNING FROM AN AFRO-BRAZILIAN ART
by DOWNEY (9780195176971)

LEARNING CAPOERIA: LESSONS IN CUNNING FROM AN AFRO-BRAZILIAN ART
 
DOWNEY
Release Date: 01 Dec 2004
Format: Paperback / softback
Pages: 288
Category: Anthropology
ISBN: 9780195176971
ISBN-10: 0195176979



Capoeira is the most elaborate martial art of the African Diaspora, a spectacular combination of dance, acrobatic kicks, and evasive manoeuvres. Typically played as a game in which two players vie to control space, demonstrate superior mobility, and trip, kick, or head-butt each other to the ground at a moment of vulnerability, capoiera resembles a combination of acrobatic dance, slow martial arts sparring, and improvised musical performance. "Learning Capoeira" is an ethnographic study based on participant observation and more than ten years of apprenticeship in the acrobatic martial art. Rather than treating capoeira on a sociological or cultural level, this book takes an experience-centered approach towards exploring the effects of the art on a player's perceptions and social interactions outside the roda, the "ring" in which the game is played. The text is innovative by example, demonstrating how an experience-centered analysis and ethnographic apprenticeship might produce rich, compelling understanding of a distinctive cultural world.

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