Freeplaying with narrative: A Jogando method in/as Capoeira research

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In this article, we rethink the ways that analysis within narrative research might occur based on the topic being studied and provide an example using the Afro-Brazilian martial art capoeira. Locating our work at the intersection of Derridean freeplay and the spirit of play present in the Afro-Brazilian martial art capoeira, we reconceive of the ways that narratives may be constructed, and suggest that the topic under study, capoeira, may actually become an analytic. This piece offers one of many potential directions for rethinking analysis of narrative data and representing participant experiences and suggests blurring lines between content and method of analysis. While our own analysis occurs using play as it appears in capoeira, we suggest that any number of research topics may be used to inform the ways that we analyze data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-142
Number of pages18
JournalQualitative Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2023


  • Derrida
  • Narrative analysis
  • capoeira
  • freeplay
  • movement


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