PhD (Indiana University)
Lauren Miller Griffith is the author of In Search of Legitimacy: How Outsiders Become Part of the Afro-Brazilian Capoeira Tradition and an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Hanover College. She earned her doctorate in cultural anthropology at Indiana University in 2010. Her research agenda focuses on the intersections of performance, tourism and education in Brazil, Belize and the U.S. Her earlier work focused on the Afro-Brazilian martial art capoeira and how non-Brazilian practitioners use travel to the source of capoeira's birth, Bahia da Brasil, to increase their legitimacy within this genre.
Griffith's current interests include the links between tourism, cultural heritage and sustainability in Belize. She is particularly interested in how indigenous communities decide whether or not to participate in the growing tourism industry and the long-term effects of these decisions.
In Search of Legitimacy: How Outsiders Become Part of the Afro-Brazilian Capoeira Tradition (Dance and Performance Studies) (Berghahn Books)
Every year, countless young adults from affluent, Western nations travel to Brazil to train in capoeira, the dance/martial art form that is one of the most visible strands of the Afro-Brazilian cultural tradition. In Search of Legitimacy explores why "first world" men and women leave behind their jobs, families, and friends to pursue a strenuous training regimen in a historically …
Capoeira is an international hit, but in Brazil capoeiristas themselves continued to be marginalized, in large part because of their identity. What happens when these two worlds meet?Read on »