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Homies and Hermanos: God and Gangs in Central America

Robert Brenneman


Central American transnational youth gangs such as the Mara Salvatrucha and the Eighteenth Street gang promote a hyper-machismo that idealizes violent, risk-prone codes of conduct and lifelong affiliation. Central American evangelical churches promote a strict piety that prohibits drinking and promotes domestic ideals of marriage and fatherhood. Yet several studies suggest that conversion to evangelical Christianity is a common pathway out of the gang. Using semi-structured interviews with sixty-four former gang members in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, this book examines why many ex-ga ... More

Keywords: Central America, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Evangelical, gangs, Pentecostal, religion, maras, shame

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199753840
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199753840.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Brenneman, author
Saint Michael’s College