Translocality and Afro-Brazilian Imaginaries in Globalised Capoeira


Afro-Brazilian capoeira exemplifies how communal practices connect multilocally. This article investigates how the fight-game-art forms a translocal culture, uniting practitioners in diverse localities, and connects them to a transnationally created Black Atlantic heritage. The multi-sited ethnographic approach focuses mostly on Salvador, Northeastern Brazil, where the purity of Afro-Brazilian traditions raises polemic. Through critical observation of capoeira’s dual development in Brazil, transnationality is asserted as a historical continuity in capoeira communities’ imaginaries. To grasp how globalised capoeira maintains its connection to Afro-Brazilian history, the analysis of capoeira’s traditionalism is complemented by a description of the formation of capoeira practice in the faraway location of Eastern Finland, where capoeira’s creativity and categorization-resistant, holistic nature remain central. Through the densely historicized tradition of capoeira, minoritarian views on transnational connections, on the colonial encounter, and on the effects of transatlantic slavery are shared in multiple locations.

Jun 26, 2017


Transnationalism; translocal; multi-sited ethnography; Afro-Brazilian; capoeira
How to Cite
AULA, Inkeri. Translocality and Afro-Brazilian Imaginaries in Globalised Capoeira. Suomen Antropologi: Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society, [S.l.], v. 42, n. 1, p. 67-90, june 2017. ISSN 1799-8972. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 19 nov. 2017.