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]

Year of publication: 2010
Series: African Studies Collection
Volume: 24

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