The art of balance: Capoeira in a globalised world. Book Review of "Capoeira, mobility, and tourism: preserving an Afro-Brazilian tradition in a globalized world" by Sergio Gonzalez Varela. Lanham, MD, USA, Lexington Books, 2019. ISBN: 978-1-4985-7032-9

Tolkach, Denis (2021) The art of balance: Capoeira in a globalised world. Book Review of "Capoeira, mobility, and tourism: preserving an Afro-Brazilian tradition in a globalized world" by Sergio Gonzalez Varela. Lanham, MD, USA, Lexington Books, 2019. ISBN: 978-1-4985-7032-9. Tourism Geographies. (In Press)

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[Extract] The book discusses changes to capoeira traditions, ethos and practice under the influence of global mobilities. Capoeira is a representation of Afro-Brazilian culture with a long andcomplicated history, much of it covered in myths. Capoeira involves spirituality, music, singing, but it is also a physical activity, a rhythmic martial art. Its historic roots and itsmythology are intertwined with the history of slavery, racism, oppression and inequality. There are three styles of capoeira: Angola, Regional and Contemporanea (from Portuguese 'contemporary'). Capoeira Regional and Contemporanea focus more on the competitiveand sport aspects of capoeira, while Angola is more concerned with preservation of thetraditions and links to the Afro-Brazilian history and culture. All styles are played (capoeirais not a dance or a fight, it is a game that is played) in a roda (from Portuguese 'circle'),with bateria (from Portuguese 'band') setting the rhythm, and the songs in Portuguese aretypically about the history of slavery in Brazil, the Afro-Brazilian culture or capoeira itself.

Item ID: 65234
Item Type: Article (Book Review)
ISSN: 1470-1340
Copyright Information: (C) 2020 Denis Tolkach
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2020 01:28
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150601 Impacts of Tourism @ 60%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200206 Globalisation and Culture @ 40%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900302 Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism @ 60%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950304 Conserving Intangible Cultural Heritage @ 40%
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