Inspired by Loïc Wacquant’s methodology, I conducted an «observant participation» of Breton Wrestling (gouren), exploiting my judo expertise to actively participate to the training and competitive activities. In this paper I would describe how such bodily participation enriched my ethnographic experience, focusing on its epistemological utility in the analysis of the different meanings that similar gestures acquire in different wrestling contexts. In fact, sporting practices are not only series of biomechanical actions: they are gestures which make sense («techniques du corps»). The learning of a body knowledge is not only the transmission of a set of actions and rules, but also of a system of values and dispositions. From this perspective, “traditional wrestling” could be more than a physical activity: it could express, define and transmit a particular sporting culture, as well as a localised cultural identity, giving the practitioners a way to express and to (re)produce their belonging to a regional community in the context of globalised modernity. It also represents a cultural, ritual and a regulated way to interpret the physical confrontation between men, explicitly or implicitly linked to the social representations of fundamental cultural features, like violence, strength, masculinity, body, proxemics. By practising, I understood how Breton wrestlers shape, embody, and transmit their “Breton Wrestling culture” (the «gouren spirit»), clearly differentiate from other wrestling cultures (especially from judo, even though they are technically very similar) and evidently linked to the most emblematic features of what is supposed to be the Breton culture and “character”.
Nardini, D. (2016). Breton Wrestling Through the Body. In "Anthropological legacies and human futures", 14th EASA Biennial Conference. Department of Human Science for Education ‘Riccardo Massa’, Department of Sociology and Social Research at University of Milano-Bicocca, 20-23 July, 2016.
|Citazione:||Nardini, D. (2016). Breton Wrestling Through the Body. In "Anthropological legacies and human futures", 14th EASA Biennial Conference. Department of Human Science for Education ‘Riccardo Massa’, Department of Sociology and Social Research at University of Milano-Bicocca, 20-23 July, 2016.|
|Tipo:||abstract + slide|
|Carattere della pubblicazione:||Scientifica|
|Presenza di un coautore afferente ad Istituzioni straniere:||No|
|Titolo:||Breton Wrestling Through the Body|
NARDINI, DARIO (Corresponding)
|Data di pubblicazione:||2016|
|Nome del convegno:||EASA 2016|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||02 - Intervento a convegno|