Homies and Hermanos: God and Gangs in Central America

Paperback | December 13, 2011

byRobert Brenneman

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Why would a gun-wielding, tattoo-bearing "homie" trade in la vida loca for a Bible and the buttoned-down lifestyle of an evangelical hermano (brother in Christ)? To answer this question, Robert Brenneman interviewed sixty-three former gang members from the "Northern Triangle" of CentralAmerica - Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras - most of whom left their gang for evangelicalism. Unlike in the United States, membership in a Central American gang is hasta la morgue. But the most common exception to the "morgue rule" is that of conversion or regular participation in an evangelicalchurch. Do gang members who weary of their dangerous lifestyle simply make a rational choice to opt for evangelical religion? Brenneman finds this is only partly the case, for many others report emotional conversions that came unexpectedly, when they found themselves overwhelmed by a sermon, a conversation,or a prayer service. An extensively researched and gritty account, Homies and Hermanos sheds light on the nature of youth violence, of religious conversion, and of evangelical churches in Central America.

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Why would a gun-wielding, tattoo-bearing "homie" trade in la vida loca for a Bible and the buttoned-down lifestyle of an evangelical hermano (brother in Christ)? To answer this question, Robert Brenneman interviewed sixty-three former gang members from the "Northern Triangle" of CentralAmerica - Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras - m...

Robert Brenneman is Assistant Professor of Sociology at St. Michael's College in Colchester, Vermont. He is the author of Faith and the Foreigner.

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Homies and Hermanos: God and Gangs in Central America
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Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 0.91 inPublished:December 13, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction: JJ's Second Marriage1. From Pandilla to Mara2. Christian, Not Catholic3. When Shame becomes Violence4. Dodging the Morgue Rule5. Don't Mess with Curly!6. Samaritans and CrusadersConclusionAppendix A: MethodsAppendix B: Selected Characteristics of Interviewed Ex-gang MembersAppendix C: A Primer of Gang VocabularyReferencesNotes