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Addicted to Christ. Remaking men in Puerto Rican Pentecostal drug ministries.

Author: Helena Hansen
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press 2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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How are spiritual power and self-transformation cultivated in street ministries? In Addicted to Christ, Helena Hansen provides an in-depth analysis of Pentecostal ministries in Puerto Rico that were founded and run by self-identified "ex-addicts," ministries that are also widespread in poor Black and Latino neighborhoods in the U.S. mainland. Richly ethnographic, the book harmoniously melds Hansen's dual expertise  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Helena Hansen
ISBN: 9780520298033 0520298039
OCLC Number: 1038009277
Description: 239 pages
Contents: Preface ix Acknowledgments xvii Introduction 1 1. Th e Cosmology of Conversion 25 2. On Discipline and Becoming a Disciple 46 3. Visitations and Gifts 73 4. Th e New Masculinity 92 5. Spiritual Mothers 112 6. Family Values 134 7. Bringing It Home 149 Notes 167 Bibliography 181
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How are spiritual power and self-transformation cultivated in street ministries? In Addicted to Christ, Helena Hansen provides an in-depth analysis of Pentecostal ministries in Puerto Rico that were founded and run by self-identified "ex-addicts," ministries that are also widespread in poor Black and Latino neighborhoods in the U.S. mainland. Richly ethnographic, the book harmoniously melds Hansen's dual expertise in cultural anthropology and psychiatry. Through the stories of ministry converts, she examines key elements of Pentecostalism: mysticism, ascetic practice, and the idea of other-worldliness. She then reconstructs the ministries' strategies of spiritual victory over addiction: transformation techniques to build spiritual strength and authority through pain and discipline; cultivation of alternative masculinities based on male converts' reclamation of domestic space; and radical rupture from a post-industrial "culture of disposability." By contrasting the ministries' logic of addiction with that of biomedicine, Hansen rethinks roads to recovery, discovering unexpected convergences with biomedicine while revealing the allure of street corner ministries.

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