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Os joelhos! Os joelhos! Protective embodiment and occasional injury in Capoeira

Delamont, Sara ORCID:, Ribeiro Duarte, Tiago, Lloyd, Issie and Stephens, Neil 2021. Os joelhos! Os joelhos! Protective embodiment and occasional injury in Capoeira. Frontiers in Sociology 5 , 584300. 10.3389/fsoc.2020.584300

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Capoeira, the African-Brazilian dance and martial art has enthusiastic devotees in Britain. Most practitioners are acutely aware of their capoeira embodiment, and have strategies to protect themselves from injury, and ways to seek treatment for any injuries they get. Drawing on data from a long-term ethnography and a set of 32 open-ended interviews with advanced students, the paper explores student strategies to prevent capoeira injuries, and their discoveries of effective remedies to recover from them, before it presents an analysis of their injury narratives using Frank's three-fold typology of illness narratives. The capoeira study therefore adds to the research on sports and dance injuries, and to the intellectual debates on the nature of narrative in research on illness and injury as well as exploring one aspect of the culture of capoeira students in the UK.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: Frontiers Media
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 15 March 2021
Date of Acceptance: 10 December 2020
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 02:25

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