Table of contents for Learning capoeira : lessons in cunning from an Afro-Brazilian art / Greg Downey.

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Prelude: Playing Capoeira
Chapter 1. Inside and Outside the Roda
The development of capoeira
Black culture in Brazil
Mobilizing the black community
Resisting sociology, structures, and symbols
A phenomenological turn in ethnography
Plan of the book
Chapter 2. The Significance of Skills
A capoeira class
Skill and sensitivity
Learning to walk
The body's role in experience
Learning to fall
Chapter 3. Following in a Mestre's Footsteps
The advent of the academy
Moving like a mestre
Imitative learning
Coaching the bananeira
Coaching and developing skills
Apprenticeship as a research method
Chapter 4. History in an Epic Register
A notorious history of outlaws
The bambas of Bahia
The closing of the "heroic cycle"
The long struggle for liberation
African origins and slave resistance
The tragic life and death of Mestre Pastinha
Alternative histories
How histories are heard
Chapter 5. Singing the Past into Play
The song cycle
Singing commentary on the game
Mortal seriousness and prayer
Shifting "I" across time
Ambiguous times in song
Playing in a poetic projection
Chapter 6. Hearing the Berimbau
The capoeira orchestra
Musical interactions
The grain of the berimbau
Listening with a musician's hands
Hearing with a player's body
The social ability of hearing
Hearing as a skill
Chapter 7. Play with a Sinister Past
Reminders of the past
The importance of the chamada
The chamada's dramatic dynamic
Play and implied violence
The sinister gravity of play
A sense of tradition
Chapter 8. The Rogue's Swagger
The ginga
A cunning comportment
The despised waist
A swaying stride
Posture and self-transformation
Crying at an adversary's feet
Chapter 9. Closing the Body
Becoming aware of one's openness
The impossibility of closing
Opening an adversary
Closing the body in Candomble
Signing the cross
Gesture, posture, and vulnerability
Chapter 10. Walking in Evil
Hard jokes and cautionary tales
Dissembling in a treacherous world
The sideways glance
Seeing through shifty eyes
A cunning comportment
Chapter 11. The Limits of Whitening
The emergence of Capoeira Regional
Critics of Capoeira Regional
Bimba's students and "whitening"
Whitening in Brazil
Changes in movement style
Capoeira from middle-class bodies
Chapter 12. Tearing Out the Shame
Hands, head, and legs
Working with bodies
Reviving Capoeira Angola
Broken movements, softened bodies
Shame and its removal
Moved to change
Conclusion. Lessons from the Roda
Physical education as ethnographic object
The pragmatism of practice
Embodiment and experience

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Capoeira (Dance)