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

Kevin Lewis O'Neill
Date and Time: 
Monday, May 20, 2013 - 12:00pm

Center for Latin American Studies; Bolivar House; 582 Alvarado Row


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.

This event is cosponsored by Department of Anthropology, Department of Religious Studies, and Center for Latin America 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.