Secure the soul: Christian piety and gang prevention in Guatemala

"Secure the Soul shuttles between the life of Mateo, a born-again ex-gang member in Guatemala and the gang prevention programs that work so hard to keep him alive. Along the way, this poignantly written ethnography uncovers the Christian underpinnings of Central American security. In the street...

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Main Author: O'Neill, Kevin Lewis (Author)
Format: Print Book
Language:English
Published: Oakland, California University of California Press [2015]
Online Access: Inhaltsverzeichnis (Verlag)
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Summary:"Secure the Soul shuttles between the life of Mateo, a born-again ex-gang member in Guatemala and the gang prevention programs that work so hard to keep him alive. Along the way, this poignantly written ethnography uncovers the Christian underpinnings of Central American security. In the streets of Guatemala City--amid angry lynch mobs, overcrowded prisons, and paramilitary death squads--millions of dollars empower church missions, faith-based programs, and seemingly secular security projects to prevent gang violence through the practice of Christian piety. With Guatemala increasingly defined by both God and gangs, Secure the Soul details an emerging strategy of geopolitical significance: regional security by way of good Christian living"--Provided by publisher
Item Description:Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-276) and index
Physical Description:xi, 288 Seiten Illustrationen 24 cm
ISBN:9780520278486
0520278488
9780520278493
0520278496