Across Guatemala City, Pentecostal drug rehabilitation centers warehouse users (often against their will) in the name of salvation. This essay, in response, details how pastors deploy digital media to assess a user’s relative fitness for a Christian life. Of particular interest is how pastors insist that photographs and videos allow the faithful to read users for signs of the soul. Contributing to the criminalization and mass incarceration of drug users, these images organize the outer edges of today’s war on drugs.
Caught on Camera
Kevin Lewis O’Neill is a professor in the Department for the Study of Religion and Director of the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto. The author of City of God (2010) and Secure the Soul (2015), O’Neill is completing a book about Pentecostal drug rehabilitation centers titled Hunted.
Kevin Lewis O’Neill; Caught on Camera. Public Culture 1 September 2017; 29 (3 (83)): 493–514. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/08992363-3869572
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