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Title:Bodies in action: culture and body skills in post-conflict Sierra Leone
Author:Niet, Anneke van derISNI
Year:2010
ISSN:1876-0198
Issue:24
Pages:98
Language:English
Series:African Studies Collection
City:Leiden
Publisher:African Studies Centre
ISBN:9789054480945
Geographic term:Sierra Leone
Subjects:body
football
culture
learning
theses (form)
Link:http://hdl.handle.net//1887/15564
Abstract:This book examines the influence of culture on human body movement, using video data to document body movements. The body skills of a sample of Sierra Leoneans are analysed in terms of acquisition of the skills, the importance of learning these skills to become part of a community and the physical consequences of the activities. The book focuses on skills in football (soccer) as well as skills used in daily physical activities. It shows the importance of rhythm and timing in bodily movement in boys' school teams in Bo, an urban centre in southeastern Sierra Leone. The study also examines the impact of the civil war (1991-2002) and the role football has played in rehabilitating damaged individuals. Using a combination of technical and anthropological research methods, the book offers an example of how to study human body movement in a real-life setting and how culture can be studied by analysis of the techniques of the body. [Book abstract, edited]
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