Bodily Force and Rhetorical Function in the Afro-Brazilian Art Form of Capoeira

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Title:
Bodily Force and Rhetorical Function in the Afro-Brazilian Art Form of Capoeira
Author:
Juarez, Marissa Marie
Issue Date:
2012
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Bodily Force and Rhetorical Function in the Afro-Brazilian Art Form of Capoeira examines how practitioners of capoeira, a dance-like martial art developed by African slaves in Brazil during the slave trade, enact forms of contestation, resistance, and accommodation through their performances, as well as how the practice of capoeira results in productions and interruptions of social and cultural hierarchies. Building upon historical research, interviews, and participant observations at a local capoeira site, I argue that the movements, gestures, and facial expressions that drive communicative performances between two or more practitioners elucidate intersections between rhetoric, performance, and the body. More specifically, I demonstrate that the capoeira body operates as a physical force that serves a variety of rhetorical functions, including intervening in social structures of dominance, performing identities, recording histories, establishing relational politics, and inviting self and communal transformation. Interrogating the art form's colonial past, I suggest that capoeira has the potential to teach anti-oppression practices and to serve as a locus of coalition building across multiple lines of difference.
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Keywords:
embodied rhetorics; feminist methods of the body; performance; rhetorics of resistance; English; bodily rhetorics; capoeira
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Graduate College; English
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Licona, Adela C.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleBodily Force and Rhetorical Function in the Afro-Brazilian Art Form of Capoeiraen_US
dc.creatorJuarez, Marissa Marieen_US
dc.contributor.authorJuarez, Marissa Marieen_US
dc.date.issued2012-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractBodily Force and Rhetorical Function in the Afro-Brazilian Art Form of Capoeira examines how practitioners of capoeira, a dance-like martial art developed by African slaves in Brazil during the slave trade, enact forms of contestation, resistance, and accommodation through their performances, as well as how the practice of capoeira results in productions and interruptions of social and cultural hierarchies. Building upon historical research, interviews, and participant observations at a local capoeira site, I argue that the movements, gestures, and facial expressions that drive communicative performances between two or more practitioners elucidate intersections between rhetoric, performance, and the body. More specifically, I demonstrate that the capoeira body operates as a physical force that serves a variety of rhetorical functions, including intervening in social structures of dominance, performing identities, recording histories, establishing relational politics, and inviting self and communal transformation. Interrogating the art form's colonial past, I suggest that capoeira has the potential to teach anti-oppression practices and to serve as a locus of coalition building across multiple lines of difference.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen_US
dc.subjectembodied rhetoricsen_US
dc.subjectfeminist methods of the bodyen_US
dc.subjectperformanceen_US
dc.subjectrhetorics of resistanceen_US
dc.subjectEnglishen_US
dc.subjectbodily rhetoricsen_US
dc.subjectcapoeiraen_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglishen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorLicona, Adela C.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberKimme Hea, Amy C.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberHall, Anne-Marieen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberLicona, Adela C.en_US
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