Secure the Soul Paperback

Christian Piety and Gang Prevention in Guatemala

by Kevin Lewis O'Neill;

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Secure the Soul

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"I'm not perfect," Mateo confessed, "Nobody is. But I try." 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.

Secure the Soul by Kevin Lewis O'Neill was published by University of California Press in February 2015. The ISBN for Secure the Soul is 9780520278493.

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Details for Secure the Soul

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherUniversity of California Press (February 2015)
Number of Pages304
Thickness20 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4284596
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