Learning to walk: Recalling an African-Brazilian past through the game of Capoeira

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Learning to walk: Recalling an African-Brazilian past through the game of Capoeira

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Title: Learning to walk: Recalling an African-Brazilian past through the game of Capoeira
Author: Ray, Taylor
Advisor: Shipley, Jesse W.
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of Anthropology
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 2011
Abstract: This paper is a brief representation of a Capoeira Angola class in North Philadelphia. Through field-work involving observation and participation, I have been able to present the stories of the different members of the class. I have framed their thoughts within the literature I found to be most relevant for this study. My work has focused on ideas of pedagogy and embodiment as a way to determine how Capoeira is understood (or not) by the members of the group, and the way that it is mimicked as a cultural practice. I am interested in why students choose to take the class (and continue to come), as well as how they interpret the knowledge they are given by our instructor. These ideas provide a detailed inquiry of the Capoeira group and tell us something greater about memory, relevance, and transformation of cultural practices.
Subject: Capoeira (Dance) -- Social aspects
Subject: Capoeira (Dance) -- History
Terms of Use: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/7513

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Ray, Taylor. "Learning to walk: Recalling an African-Brazilian past through the game of Capoeira". 2011. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/7513.

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