Handclap

In this “Girls’ Handclapping Games in Three Los Angeles Schools,” girls in middle school have their own game of handclap. Girls tend to play this game in schools with members of their own class, but as school ends, they move to a wider variety of anyone who is available. While girls games prove to be less violent than boys, this game shows that as well as bringing together different cultures. Certain schools show African Americans, Latinos, and Euro-Americans practicing their traditions through these games, using rhyming and creating songs in their handclap games. They practice these at home, not just school. When introducing this to other cultures, the traditions begin to spread and pass along. With the many different cultures mixing in schools, overcrowded buses and neighborhoods, these traditional handclap games start to alter. Just like technology and life, people begin to adapt to the world around us that continues to evolve. With the music in the handclap game, the rhythms and rhymes begin to adapt to different cultural traditions. In order to keep the game going and rhythms to flow, there could be no aggression. Any attempt to prove hierarchy in a certain ethnicity would ruin that flow. The object is to use skill, knowledge and rhythmic patterns to continue the game with the partner. This game also create female bonds and relationships, building support. This also can lead to diverse friendships.

http://www.jstor.org.gate.lib.buffalo.edu/stable/768519?seq=11

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