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\'Boxing is compromise\': body politics, territories and life stories of boxers in the city of São Paulo

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Michel de Paula Soares
Total Authors: 1
Document type: Master's Dissertation
Press: São Paulo.
Institution: Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH/SBD)
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Examining board members:
Jose Guilherme Cantor Magnani; Silvana de Souza Nascimento; Alexandre Barbosa Pereira; Osmundo Santos de Araujo Pinho
Advisor: Jose Guilherme Cantor Magnani

The present dissertation starts from my engagement as boxing apprentice in three different equipments in the city of São Paulo. An ethnography entangled in visceral narratives about an effective, complex, collective and contradictory body practice. For this, I sought a look from near and within, living together with my colleagues, from the routine of the academies to the tournaments and competitions. Life stories, bodies in metamorphosis, looks and gestures that represent, as a mimic of violence, the posture of aggression, are intertwined in the limit between the fantastic and the everyday. Boxing is \"movement\", compromise, \"math\", \"pain\", \"sacrifice\", \"love\", \"dance\", \"serious\", is \"think with legs\", is \"steal in the eye\", is to \"exist elsewhere, is \"rhythm, time, and noise. I have tried to indicate how the construction of territories, bodies and relationships is given from the commitment to put on the gloves. The boxing world involves a complicated and complex political-social fabric, juxtaposing conflicting and contradictory masculinities, utopias and reterritorializations, meanings about racism and violence, discipline and sacrifice, urban spaces and symbolic frontiers, resulting in unique historical dynamics and charged with significance for the people involved. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 16/01619-2 - Bury my heart under the overpass: the noble art and the black neighborhood of São Paulo
Grantee:Michel de Paula Soares
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Master