Journals Higher Education



Published: 03 March 2005

288 Pages | 21 halftones

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195176971

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Learning Capoeira

Lessons in Cunning from an Afro-Brazilian Art

Greg Downey

Learning Capoeira: Lessons in Cunning from an Afro-Brazilian Art is a provocative look at capoeira, a demanding acrobatic art that combines dance, ritual, music, and fighting style. Based on author Greg Downey's extensive research and more than ten years of apprenticeship, this ethnographic study looks at lessons from traditional capoeira teachers in Salvador, Brazil, capturing the spoken and unspoken ways in which they pass on the art to future generations. Downey explores how bodily training can affect players' perceptions and social interactions, both within the circular roda, the "ring" where the game takes place, as well as outside it, in their daily lives.

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