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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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Bringing It Home

Bringing It Home

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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/9780520298033.003.0008

This chapter presents a synthesis of the key themes discussed in the preceding chapters. It argues that addiction is biocultural: the social imaginary determines biological outcomes, because what addicted people think of themselves and see as possible drives their risk of overdose, infection, violence, and incarceration. The question is how to cultivate social imaginaries and lattices of relationships that foster therapeutic ways of living. Pentecostalism can, at times, open spaces for marginal people to create a new order based on narratives of ascetic redemption, domesticity, and universal access to knowledge and gifts. At other times, it draws on elements of the old order—such as patriarchy—empowering some members at the expense of others.

Keywords:   Pentecostalism, Pentecostal ministries, converts, addiction, social imaginaries, biocultural

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