Climbing walls, making bridges: Children of immigrants' identity negotiations through capoeira and parkur in Turin

Nicola De Martini Ugolotti

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Abstract

Capoeira and parkour are two different body practices which have gained world- wide attention in urban settings in the last few decades. The following paper will explore how capoeira and parkour relate to the construction of identity paths amongst children of immigrants between 12 and 20 in Turin, Italy. It will do so by looking at how such practices are used by young men of migrant origin to negotiate and perform narratives of self-worth, belonging and recognition within marginalising and excluding urban environments. This study acknowledges that social identifications are created, negotiated and (re)produced through bodily and spatial means and within networks of power relations. Following this premise, the insights proposed in this paper suggest that the ambivalent and fluid use of bodies and spaces implied by capoeira and parkour can represent a meaningful lens to understand the embodied and spatial identity negotiations enacted by par- ticipants in their daily lives. This theoretical perspective will illuminate the place that active bodies, spaces and leisure practices take in the negotiation of social identities, and dynamics of inclusion/exclusion, enacted by youth of migrant origin within early twenty-first century Turin cityscape.
LanguageEnglish
Pages19-33
JournalLeisure Studies
Volume34
Issue number1
Early online date13 Oct 2014
DOIs
StatusPublished - 2015

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Keywords

  • Capoeira
  • Parkour
  • Identity
  • Migration
  • Turin
  • physical cultural studies

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Climbing walls, making bridges : Children of immigrants' identity negotiations through capoeira and parkur in Turin. / De Martini Ugolotti, Nicola.

In: Leisure Studies, Vol. 34, No. 1, 2015, p. 19-33.

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