10026 - Capoeira¿s transnational circulation: conflicts, solidarities and subversive practices

The present paper aims to examine the social and cultural effects related to a local practice’s transnational circulation: namely, that of Capoeira. Once marginal, today, due to tourism, local and national policies, Capoeira is subjected to processes of valorization, commodification and bureaucratization, appealing to young people from all over the world. Consequently, hundreds of young Afro Brazilian teachers migrate, carrying along an important social and cultural capital, while at the same time, thousands of European apprentices arrive every year at the city of Salvador.

The paper follows through micro social processes and is based on fieldwork research in the city of Salvador da Bahia, Brazil and Barcelona, Spain. I argue that Capoeira offers the lenses through which we comprehend how a local society and in specific, that of urban Salvador, positions and understands itself in the global scene. In particular, I discuss the solidarities, subversive practices and conflicts that emerge among local society’s members, intellectuals, the State and practitioners in the light of Capoeira’s globalization. Finally, I interrogate how the above mentioned issues are related to race and ethnicity and the ways they both operate as categories of social inequality.

Palavras-chaves: Capoeira, globalization, transnationalism, tourism, ethinicity

Autores: Lefkaditou, Theodora (University of Barcelona, Spain / Spanien)


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