Capoeira: Origins, Development, and Global Diffusion 3/3


The global diffusion of Capoeira, as a historical and geographical standpoint, marks the rampant intensification of the art’s recognition intertwined with its commercialisation processes. The transnational scenario of Capoeira, established next, brought an intricate institutional, cultural, and economic interplay amongst practitioners the world over. Continue reading

Capoeira: Origins, Development, and Global Diffusion 2/3

Vagrant Resistance: Syncretism and Rebellion – The first definition of Capoeira as fight/game appears in the first decade of the 19th century. The term continued, however, to indicate a broad spectrum of activities acting against public security and/or private property; including escape attempts as a crime against ownership of slaves. Continue reading

Capoeira: Origins, Development and Global Diffusion 1/3

(First posted in 31/07/10) Following last post’s line of thought, here it goes another piece of my PhD confirmation paper. It’s basically my take on the history of Capoeira. It’s not a novelty around here, rather it is simply my interpretation based on Brazilian scholars’ and Mestres’ publications and/or discussions about the origins and development of the art. Although they might adopt different terminologies, all of them seem to agree on two important issues regarding the art’s link to social development endevours: the intercultural origin of Capoeira and its purpose as a movement of resistance. Here it follows my interpretation of their work. Continue reading