Jogando e crescendo em comunidade : a critical autoethnography of integrating sociological mindfulness, critical consciousness and social change in a capoeira-based youth development program

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Santos J. Flores (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Thomas Martinek

Abstract: If contemporary youth sports development models are to be particularly supportive of youth in underserved communities, they may require extra steps in practice and analysis. This qualitative thesis examines whether an intersection of Sports-Based Youth Development (SBYD) with critical pedagogy committed to social justice could be an agent for social change. Based on my own experiences combining the critical pedagogy of Capoeira Angola with SBYD program development I explore whether program outcomes may extend from social responsibility to social justice advocacy. Extending the work of Dr. Martinek’s Social responsibility in sports programming, this dissertation offers an understanding of how youth sports can provide tools for empowering youth to navigate educational and other social systems. To study will focus on these goals: reflection on the importance experiences that have contributed to my Capoeira Angola program development; examining events, persons and places that have shaped my approach to program development; naming the major challenges, I have faced in the conceptualizing and enacting social justice in program development; and imagine new directions in progra This auto-ethnography draws on my own 20 years of experience as a capoeira practitioner, which has contributed to my critical interpretive frameworks in developing a community Capoeira and SBYD program in Durham, North Carolina. My own experience demonstrates that Capoeira programming and SBYD are not exempt from the terrain of cultural politics dialogue and ripe for development of critical consciousness. I argue that while Capoeira practice and pedagogy can contribute to the SBYD literature it can also benefit from lessons from SBYD. This critical autoethnography offers the Capoeira community and the SBYD literature ideas about the importance of our Relationships, the necessity of advancing critical pedagogy in Capoeira and Youth Sports Development, and a way for decoloniality and transforming harm. I offer my own experiences and reflections in the hope that they serve the Capoeira and SBYD communities to navigate the terrain of cultural politics dialogue and the development of critical consciousness.

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Language: English
Date: 2022
Autoethnography, Capoeira, Critical Consciousness, Social Justice, Sociological Mindfulness, Youth Sports
Capoeira (Dance) $x Social aspects
Sports for children $x Social aspects
Social justice $x Study and teaching
Youth development

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