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Addicted to ChristRemaking Men in Puerto Rican Pentecostal Drug Ministries$
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Helena Hansen

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520298033

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520298033.001.0001

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Visitations and Gifts

Visitations and Gifts

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(p.73) 3 Visitations and Gifts
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Addicted to Christ
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Helena Hansen

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520298033.003.0004

This chapter considers the question of how Puerto Rico, a formerly Catholic island with U.S. funding to biomedicalize its treatment system, become an epicenter for Protestant addiction evangelism? It fleshes out the connections between the moral economy of street ministries and the political economy of post-industrial Puerto Rico by reconstructing two parallel histories: one is a brief economic history of Puerto Rico's evolution from a Spanish colony to its current status as a “territory” of the United States, with partial eligibility for U.S. federal entitlements while serving initially as a labor pool and later as a tax shelter for U.S. industry. Another is the story of more recent debates surrounding the island's drug policy and addiction treatment under health reform, given that health reform has been a key element of the island's efforts to elevate its status in relation to the United States.

Keywords:   Puerto Rico, Protestant, addiction evangelism, moral economy, street ministries, political economy, economic history, drug policy

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