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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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Spiritual Mothers

Spiritual Mothers

(p.112) 5 Spiritual Mothers
Addicted to Christ

Helena Hansen

University of California Press

This chapter argues that addiction ministries' reliance on the victimhood of women as a key resource in the reformation of masculinity narrowed women's routes to spiritual power and capital. The ministries' rhetoric of women's victimhood coexisted with one of gender equality in moral standards: The insistence that both men and women demonstrate monastic discipline and dedication to the ministry over their families of origin. This apparent equity in expectation ignored the differential family responsibilities and relational histories of women. Addiction treatment is also profoundly gendered, because addiction is profoundly gendered. Although male rejection of alcohol and drugs figures neatly into the Pentecostal narrative of reformed machismo, there is no clear corresponding narrative of women's reformation.

Keywords:   addition ministries, women, gender equality, victimhood, masculinity, monastic discipline, reformation, Pentecostalism

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