Discourses of Subversion: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Capoeira and Parkour

Fuggle, Sophie. 2008. Discourses of Subversion: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Capoeira and Parkour. Dance Research, 26(2), pp. 204-222. ISSN 0264-2875 [Article]

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This article examines the notion of subversive discourse found in both the Brazilian dancemartial art known as capoeira and the recent urban phenomenon called parkour, looking in detail at the origins and influences of the two disciplines. With reference to capoeira, I argue
that the linguistic structure which underpins the game provides the space for each capoeirista to develop his or her own creative expression or ‘personality’ within the framework of the discipline.
When looking at parkour, I consider the ways in which it embodies both the notion of flesh in Merleau-Ponty’s later writings and how through such an understanding of their bodies and the space around them, practitioners of parkour, known as traceurs, are able to engage in what
Foucault refers to as ‘technologies of the self ’.

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Article

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Centre for Cultural Studies (1998-2017)

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DateEvent
October 2008Published

Item ID:

6284

Date Deposited:

29 Nov 2011 12:26

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29 Apr 2020 15:31

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Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

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http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/6284

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