Barrismo is a complex phenomenon and cannot be defined universally. Social representation is based on deficient conceptions that relate it to the use of psychoactive substances and violence. This article presents qualitative research evidence based on the epistemological assumptions of social constructionism, a hermeneutical phenomenological design and the use of qualitative interview and documentary and audiovisual review, to understand the political-pedagogical character of the collective actions of the popular bars of the city of Medellín, Colombia, as practices that contribute to the transformation of the territories. Categories found: i. Bars as popular movements: transition from the brave bar to the popular bar, and ii. Collective actions: Barrismo Social. The bars have gone from rough bars to popular bars, from political and critical reflexivity, with collective actions for the transformation of the territories, which transcends the experience of stigma and social prejudice.


popular barrismo, social barrismo, collective actions, transformation of territories, hermeneutic phenomenology

Author Bio(s)

Magda Victoria Diaz Alzate is a PhD candidate in Complex Thinking with a Master in Education and Human Development. She is a Social Psychologist and Research Professor at Universidad Católica Luis Amigó, Research Group Studies of Psychosocial Phenomena, Line of Contemporary Psychosocial Problems. Email: magda.diazal@amigo.edu.co

Juan Pablo Menjura Acosta has a Master in Psychosocial Interventions and a Specialist in Applied Social Psychology. He is a Psychologist and Professor at Universidad Católica Luis Amigó and the Research Group Studies of Psychosocial Phenomena, Line of Contemporary Psychosocial Problems. Email: juan.menjuraac@amigo.edu.co

Maria Clara Fonseca Echeverri has a Master in Psychosocial Interventions and is an independent working psychologist, president of the Blue and Red Social Corporation and project coordinator at the Rexixtenxia Norte Sports Club. Email: macefon0212@gmail.com


Thanks to the popular bars Los del Sur and Rexistencia Norte in the city of Medellín, Colombia and to the Luis Amigó Catholic University for funding the research.

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