In search of legitimacy: How outsiders become part of the Afro-Brazilian tradition

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Abstract

Every year, countless young adults from affluent, Western nations travel to Brazil to train in capoeira, the dance/martial art form that is one of the most visible strands of the Afro-Brazilian cultural tradition. In Search of Legitimacy explores why "first world" men and women leave behind their jobs, families, and friends to pursue a strenuous training regimen in a historically disparaged and marginalized practice. Using the concept of apprenticeship pilgrimage-studying with a local master at a historical point of origin-the author examines how non-Brazilian capoeiristas learn their art and claim legitimacy while navigating the complexities of wealth disparity, racial discrimination, and cultural appropriation.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherBerghahn Books
Number of pages197
Volume7
ISBN (Electronic)9781785330643
ISBN (Print)9781785330636
StatePublished - Jan 15 2016

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