Ryan examines the modern and historical role of the secretive tradition of stick fighting within rural Venezuela. Despite profound political and economic changes from the early twentieth century to the modern day, traditional values, practices, and imaginaries associated with older forms of masculinity and sociality are still valued. Stick, knife, and machete fighting are understood as key means of instilling the values of fortitude and cunning in younger generations. Recommended for scholars of anthropology, social science, gender studies, and Latin American studies.
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About the Author
Michael J. Ryan is research associate at Binghamton University.
Table of Contents
1. This is Garrote
2. The ‘Civilizing’ of a Nation
3. Sites and Pedagogies of Garrote
4. Secrecy and Deception
5. Belonging and the Role of Honor
6. Forging the Warriors Habitus
7. The Creation of a National Patrimony
8. Final Thoughts