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BREDER, Debora  e  WEBER, Girlaine Vieira. At class break: ethnographic notes on body training and gender constructs. Rev. Educ. Questão [online]. 2021, vol.59, n.59, e-23046.  Epub 18-Abr-2022. ISSN 1981-1802.

This article proposes a reflection on a school rite in which the (un)docile bodies of girls and boys, supposedly, can express themselves with more freedom: class break. What is the class break, that magical, noisy and bustling interval that momentarily breaks a continuum of prescriptions and proscriptions? From an ethnographic view (OLIVEIRA, 2000; GEERTZ, 1989) at a municipal school in Petrópolis/RJ, we realize that class break is also made up of rules, not always explicit, that separate, classify and rank, and contribute to the incessant work of bodies training. The games and plays that take place during it are generified, as are the spaces in which they take place. From the court to the courtyard, the normalizing sanction falls in different ways on the bodies of girls and boys, according to the gender of the transgression and the transgressions of gender. However, despite constant vigilance, children resist, deviate, and invent: they tension and displace gender boundaries in their games, playfully testing other ways of being and staying in the world.

Palavras-chave : School; Body; Gender; Class break.

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