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Capoeira in Canada: Brazilian martial art, cultural transformation, and the struggle for authenticity 1 edition

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Janelle Beatrice Joseph

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Capoeira in Canada: Brazilian martial art, cultural transformation, and the struggle for authenticity.

Published 2006 .
Written in English.

About the Book

Capoeira is a game, martial art, and dance of Afro-Brazilian origins that has been played in Canada since the early 1990s. This ethnography examines a subculture of capoeira players in one Canadian metropolis to gain an understanding of the nature of the cultural transformation the game has undergone, and how participation impacts players' ethnic identities. The findings reveal that differences between Canadian and Brazilian capoeira involve transformations not only of the game and training, but also the community and player identities. Capoeira has been transformed due to discrepancies between the numbers, ages and socioeconomic status of players; cultural norms and history of capoeira; and conceptions of race, racism, and multiculturalism in the two countries. Players simultaneously celebrate and denigrate the Canadian form in comparison to 'authentic' Brazilian capoeira. These contradictory claims seem to lie in a search for identity and status in a multicultural setting.

Edition Notes

Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 44-06, page: 2577.

Thesis (M.Sc.)--University of Toronto, 2006.

Electronic version licensed for access by U. of T. users.

ROBARTS MICROTEXT copy on microfiche.

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210 leaves.
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