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In step with b-boys: individuation and reflexivities from a practice



Attentive to the debates on individuation process lived in the contemporary social relations, this essay has resulted from dialogues with hip-hop’s activists. It aims to discuss how breakdance practice has contributed to identity individuation of dancers of Restinga Crew, group from Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Propositions by Alberto Melucci and Danilo Martuccelli are the main references and the research was conducted in 2013 and 2014, by in loco observation and narrative interviews. The text emphasizes the reflexive dynamics produced by the crew regarding possibilities of individual singularization built in relation with peer recognition and the collective belonging. In this sense, it analyses the challenges experienced as ambient to production of cultural capital and as support to get integration in others social spaces.

individuation; reflexivities; young people, breakdance; hip-hop

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