Genre and Embodiment: From Brazilian Capoeira to the Ethnology of Human Movement

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The intention of this article is to clear some theoretical ground for an intensified engagement, already in progress, with the systematic description and uderstanding of human movement. This topic area seems to me, and to others, to have been largely neglected in both the anthropological and general academic projects until relatively recently, and even now represents a minority interest; yet an argument could be made that movement is absolutely fundamental to most, if not all, other aspects of human sociality. A large body of work in this area has been done under the general heading of "dance," for example, the anthropology of dance, which will lead me to discuss dance as a genre category and the theory of generic types in language. Such linguistic issues cannot be avoided in any fully cognitive understanding of human activity, though language can never exhaust the meaning potential in the experience of movement (221).

Lewis, J. L. "Genre and Embodiment: From Brazilian Capoeira to the Ethnology of Human Movement." Cultural Anthropology 10.2(1995): 221–243. 

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