Basque pelota

by Olatz González Abrisketa | 30 November 2012
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The game of pelota is, as Wilhelm von Humboldt described it, "the principal festival of the Basques," and is, for Pìo Baroja, "the Basque game par excellence." Indeed, as Olatz González Abrisketa aptly demonstrates in Basque Pelota: A Ritual, an Aesthetic, pelota is one ofthe most revealing frameworks of meaning and understanding of the Basque imaginary. By digging into the historic, symbolic, and even mythological roots of the sport, and by describing interconnected webs of meaning in the various domains of social, juridical, bodily, and imaginative experience, she shows how pelota constitutes a ritualized action that both stages and repairs social antagonisms by offering a "deep play" that prevents violent conflict and implies paramount cultural transformation for the Basques. Furthermore, she shows that the joko or "agon" of pelota has a foundational role in culture; the metaphoric extensions of "hand", "pelota", and "body"; and how the fronton or plaza is the Basque public space par excellence and a monument to the community's memory.
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The game of pelota is, as Wilhelm von Humboldt described it, "the principal festival of the Basques," and is, for Pìo Baroja, "the Basque game par excellence." Indeed, as Olatz González Abrisketa aptly demonstrates in Basque Pelota: A Ritual, an Aesthetic, pelota is one ofthe most revealing frameworks of meaning and understanding of the Basque imaginary. By digging into the historic, symbolic, and even mythological roots of the sport, and by describing interconnected webs of meaning in the various domains of social, juridical, bodily, and imaginative experience, she shows how pelota constitutes a ritualized action that both stages and repairs social antagonisms by offering a "deep play" that prevents violent conflict and implies paramount cultural transformation for the Basques. Furthermore, she shows that the joko or "agon" of pelota has a foundational role in culture; the metaphoric extensions of "hand", "pelota", and "body"; and how the fronton or plaza is the Basque public space par excellence and a monument to the community's memory.
Currently out of stock
Delivery in 2-3 working days
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119 Reward Points

Any purchases for more than €10 are eligible for free delivery anywhere in the UK or Ireland!

€39.90
Currently out of stock
Delivery in 2-3 working days
Eligible for free delivery
119 Reward Points

Any purchases for more than €10 are eligible for free delivery anywhere in the UK or Ireland!

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