Learning Capoeira Lessons in Cunning from an Afro-Brazilian Art

ISBN-10: 0195176979

ISBN-13: 9780195176971

Edition: 2005

Authors: Greg Downey
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Description: Capoeira is the most elaborate martial art of the African Diaspora, a spectacular combination of dance, acrobatic kicks, and evasive maneuvers. 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 anethnographic study based on participant observation and more than ten years of apprenticeship in the acrobatic martial art. Rather than treating capoeira on a sociologica or cultural level, this book takes an experience-centered approach towards exploring the effects of the art on a player's perceptions and socialinteractions 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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Book details

List price: $54.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/3/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Playing Capoeira
Inside and Outside the Roda
The Development of Capoeira
Black Culture in Brazil
Mobilizing the Black Community
Resisting Sociology, Structures, and Symbols
A Phenomenological Turn in Ethnography
Plan of the Book
The Significance of Skills
A Capoeira Class
Skill and Sensitivity
Learning to Walk
The Body's Role in Experience
Learning to Fall
Following in a Mestre's Footsteps
The Advent of the Academy
Moving like a Mestre
Imitative Learning
Coaching the Bananeira
Coaching and Developing Skills
Apprenticeship as a Research Method
History in Epic Registers
A Notorious History of Outlaws
The Bambas of Bahia
The Closing of the "Heroic Cycle"
The Long Struggle for Liberation
African Origins and Slave Resistance
The Tragic Life and Death of Mestre Pastinha
Alternative Histories
How Histories are Heard
Singing the Past into Play
The Song Cycle
Singing Commentary on the Game
Mortal Seriousness and Prayer
Shifting "I" Across Time
Ambiguous Times in Song
Playing in a Poetic Projection
Hearing the Berimbau
The Capoeira Orchestra
Musical Interactions
The Grain of the Berimbau
Listening with a Musician's Hands
Hearing with a Player's Body
The Social Ability of Hearing
Hearing as a Skill
Play with a Sinister Past
Reminders of the Past
The Importance of the Chamada
The Chamada's Dramatic Dynamic
Play and Implied Violence
The Sinister Gravity of Play
A Sense of Tradition
The Rogue's Swagger
The Ginga
Fundamentals of Cunning
The Despised Waist
A Swaying Stride
Posture and Self-Transformation
Crying at an Adversary's Feet
Closing the Body
Becoming Aware of One's Openness
The Impossibility of Closing
Opening an Adversary
Closing the Body in Candomble
Signing the Cross
Gesture, Posture, and Vulnerability
Walking in Evil
Hard Jokes and Cautionary Tales
Dissembling in a Treacherous World
The Sideways Glance
Seeing Through Shifty Eyes
A Cunning Comportment
The Limits of Whitening
The Emergence of Capoeira Regional
Critics of Capoeira Regional
Bimba's Students and "Whitening"
Whitening in Brazil
Changes in Movement Style
Capoeira from Middle-Class Bodies
Tearing Out the Shame
Hands, Head, and Legs
Working with Bodies
Reviving Capoeira Angola
Broken Movements, Softened Bodies
Shame and Its Removal
Moved to Change
Conclusion: Lessons from the Roda
Physical Education as Ethnographic Object
The Pragmatism of Practice
Embodiment and Experience
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