The social and gender organization of the scream: Who can shout in a gym?

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The cry, like any other human body expression, is institutionalized. A particularly context suitable to identify this social operation we offer it certain spaces whose disciplinary devices (founded in sexism and classism) model and articulate the legitimate versus illegitimate cry: we refer to gyms. The social construction of the body it has become a topic of particular interest in Western Social Science. However, even the body psychosocial studies have not sufficiently incorporated the contributions that can offer Feminist Critical Theory of Emotions for understanding the sources of avoidable suffering and discomfort that the current production of bodies sexist generates in people. Specifically, analyze the body as a psychosocial construction, from a feminist epistemological perspective, involves questioning on psychosocial gender devices that constitute the human being in a body. And the cry is just a particularly fertile ground for commencing an approach of this type and in this text developed from research "Psychosocial production and gender of the body: The case of a gym", an ethnography that we have carried out for about 2 years. In this paper we describe some of the main regulatory sexual and gender components of cries produced in the space of a gym in the metropolitan area of Barcelona and its contribution to sexist institutionalization of that space.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)988-1002
JournalPrisma Social
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Embodiment
  • Femininities
  • Hegemony
  • Masculinities

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