A Conversation with Sergio Gonzalez Varela Capoeira: Mobility and Tourism

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In this installment of Lexington Books' "Anthropology of Tourism" Author Conversation Series, series editor Michael A. Di Giovine talks with Sergio Gonzalez Varela about his book, "Capoeira, Mobility and Tourism: Preserving an Afro-Brazilian Tradition in a Globalized World." With over 20 years of long-term ethnographic fieldwork, which includes learning and practicing the Brazilian martial arts-spirituality-dance, Gonzalez Varela examines the mobility of its leaders, teachers and practitioners. The conversation focuses on capoeira as a way of life, how it has been inexorably linked - in myth and practice - with mobility, how tourism and the pandemic has affected its practices, and the responses to UNESCO's designation of capoeira as Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2014.

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