Hunted: Predation and Pentecostalism in Guatemala

Author:   Kevin Lewis O'Neill
Publisher:   The University of Chicago Press
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9780226624655


Pages:   224
Publication Date:   27 September 2019
Format:   Paperback
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Hunted: Predation and Pentecostalism in Guatemala


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It's not a process, one pastor insisted, rehabilitation is a miracle. In the face of addiction and few state resources, Pentecostal pastors in Guatemala City are fighting what they understand to be a major crisis. Yet the treatment centers they operate produce this miracle of rehabilitation through extraordinary means: captivity. These men of faith snatch drug users off the streets, often at the request of family members, and then lock them up inside their centers for months, sometimes years. Hunted is based on more than ten years of fieldwork among these centers and the drug users that populate them. Over time, as Kevin Lewis O'Neill engaged both those in treatment and those who surveilled them, he grew increasingly concerned that he, too, had become a hunter, albeit one snatching up information. This thoughtful, intense book will reframe the arc of redemption we so often associate with drug rehabilitation, painting instead a seemingly endless cycle of hunt, capture, and release.

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Author:   Kevin Lewis O'Neill
Publisher:   The University of Chicago Press
Imprint:   University of Chicago Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 1.50cm , Length: 22.60cm
Weight:   0.340kg
ISBN:  

9780226624655


ISBN 10:   022662465
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   27 September 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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This is a wonderfully written, highly original, and deeply nuanced ethnography. The haunting protagonist of O'Neill's story is Alejandro, who acts as both predator and prey, victim and manipulator, saved and lost. This is an ethnography that leaves a hole in the heart of the reader. O'Neill is clear that his methodology is one of an engaged observer and that he has spent many years interviewing, observing, and even taking part in the life of this particular rehab center. --Virginia Garrard, author of Terror in the Land of the Holy Spirit: Guatemala under General Efra n R os Montt, 1982-1983 In O'Neill's Hunted the idea of capturing souls by the church in Guatemala takes on different shades of meanings, addressing the physical capture of drug addicts and recidivists and the placement of these individuals in different forms of detention, often against their will. The multidisciplinary angles by which O'Neill attends to the questions in this book reveal how salvation and predation exchange places and also how the significance of the relation between the two terms comes to ramify well beyond anthropology. Looking to Guatemala as a starting point, the insights he provides us with are significant for thinking through these issues in different contexts. --Ato Quayson, author of Oxford Street, Accra: City Life and the Itineraries of Transnationalism


This is a wonderfully written, highly original, and deeply nuanced ethnography. The haunting protagonist of O'Neill's story is Alejandro, who acts as both predator and prey, victim and manipulator, saved and lost. This is an ethnography that leaves a hole in the heart of the reader. O'Neill is clear that his methodology is one of an engaged observer and that he has spent many years interviewing, observing, and even taking part in the life of this particular rehab center. --Virginia Garrard, author of Terror in the Land of the Holy Spirit: Guatemala under General Efrain Rios Montt, 1982-1983 The book demands that readers bring an intellectual force that matches O'Neill's own. This is an unsettling book, but well worth being unsettled by. --PoLAR Online This is a skillfully written and highly absorbing narrative ethnography on Pentecostal religion in Guatemala and the rampant drug addiction that the former has connected so centrally to its mission. It is a tour de force in its planning, execution, and skill in drawing the reader into unpleasant conditions and suffering, wrecked lives, and the brutality with which 'merciful' agencies address it. Hunted is an artful work of scholarship. --George Marcus, author of Ethnography through Thick and Thin In O'Neill's Hunted the idea of capturing souls by the church in Guatemala takes on different shades of meanings, addressing the physical capture of drug addicts and recidivists and the placement of these individuals in different forms of detention, often against their will. The multidisciplinary angles by which O'Neill attends to the questions in this book reveal how salvation and predation exchange places and also how the significance of the relation between the two terms comes to ramify well beyond anthropology. Looking to Guatemala as a starting point, the insights he provides us with are significant for thinking through these issues in different contexts. --Ato Quayson, author of Oxford Street, Accra: City Life and the Itineraries of Transnationalism


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Kevin Lewis O'Neill is professor in the Department for the Study of Religion and director of the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto.

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