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Homies and Hermanos: God and Gangs 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 Central America--Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras--most of whom left their gang for evangel ...more
Paperback, 1, 294 pages
Published 2012 by Oxford University Press (first published October 23rd 2011)
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Ally
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reads academically, dissertation turned book. Interesting, not a topic you daily hear a lot about.
Tim Hoiland
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been thinking of the many books I’ve read over the years having to do with Guatemala, remembering all they’ve taught me about the land where I was born, a country I’m even still getting to know. If for one reason or another you’re interested in learning more about Guatemala – say, because you know next to nothing about it or because you’re headed there on a summer mission trip or because you’re curious where that fair trade coffee you’re enjoying came from – below are five books I’d recomme ...more
John
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book about gangs in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador is fascinating and I highly recommend it.

Although there are no gangs very active here in western Honduras, I found his analysis of the factors leading to entrance into gangs extremely helpful in thinking about ministry to young people.

In addition to the factors of poverty, family problems, and difficulties in school. Brenneman adds "shame." Because of their situations some young people experience a profound sense of shame - especiall
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Danny Lamastra
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent ethnographic study. I’m not aware of any other researcher who has tackled this topic. My only critique is that the author sometimes goes out of his way to provide an unnecessarily complicated or skeptical non-religious reason for why religious organizations such as churches and ministries believe and operate the way they do.
Katie  Yaeger Rotramel
Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great insight to youth and gangs in Central America and is very easily digestible, even for the non-academic reader (or non-religious reader). A must-read for anyone working in youth development work in Central America!
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