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Addicted to Christ: Remaking Men in Puerto Rican Pentecostal Drug Ministries

Helena Hansen

Abstract

How are spiritual power and self-transformation cultivated in street ministries? This book 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. The book melds cultural anthropology and psychiatry. Through the stories of ministry converts, the book examines key elements of Pentecostalism: mysticism, ascetic practice, and the idea of other-worldliness. It then reconstructs the ministries' strategies of spiritual victory over ... More

Keywords: spiritual power, self-transformation, street ministry, Pentecostal ministries, Puerto Rico, Pentecostalism, addiction, biomedicine

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780520298033
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520298033.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Helena Hansen, author
New York University