: JJ’s Second Marriage

Robert Brenneman

in Homies and Hermanos

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199753840
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918836 | DOI:
: JJ’s Second Marriage

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Why would a pistol-packing, tattoo-bearing “homie” trade in his gun for a Bible and the buttoned-down lifestyle of an evangelical hermano? Why is evangelical religion attractive to gang members? This chapter introduces the main questions of the book through the story of JJ, a converted Guatemalan ex-gang member and leader of a cell of the White Fence gang. One of JJ’s tattoos reads, “Why should I fall in love with life, when I’m already married to death?”

Keywords: Homie; Evangelical; Guatemala; White Fence

Chapter.  6521 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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