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On Liberation, Crack, Christianity, and Captivity in Postwar Guatemala


May 20, 2013
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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CLAS, Bolivar House
582 Alvarado Row

Lecture by Kevin Lewis O’Neill (University of Toronto).  Pentecostal rehabilitation centers are on the rise in Guatemala City. Linked to a postwar spike in street crime and the spread of crack cocaine, these centers usher in a new genre of captivity while also providing a window onto the practice of Christian liberation today. Co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, the Center for Latin American Studies, and the Department of Religious Studies. A cultural anthropologist, Kevin Lewis O’Neill is an Associate Professor in the Department for the Study of Religion and the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies. With over a decade of research in and on postwar Guatemala City, Professor O’Neill’s ethnographic work addresses the politics of Pentecostal Christianity.  His publications include City of God: Christian Citizenship in Postwar Guatemala and Securing the City: Neoliberalism, Space, and Insecurity in Postwar Guatemala.  For more information, contact Bruce O’Neill.