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FORUM ON RELIGION SEMINAR
Date: Tuesday, 17 February 2015
Venue: OLD 6.05 (Seligman Library), Old Building, LSE, WC2A 2AE
Speaker: Kevin Lewis O'Neill (University of Toronto)
A recent shift in the War on Drugs has made Guatemala a principal point
of transit for cocaine produced in the Andes and bound for the United States.
One effect has been a spike in the use of crack cocaine in Guatemala.
Drug trafficking countries, the literature notes, often become drug
consuming countries. Another effect is the proliferation of Pentecostal
drug rehabilitation centers. These informal and largely unregulated
centers warehouse users (often against their will) in the name of both
security and salvation. This talk, based on in-depth ethnography,
details the practice of hunting, or bringing users to rehab, to
consider how and to what effect predation underlies pastoralism in but
also beyond the Guatemalan context.
A cultural anthropologist, Kevin Lewis O'Neill is an Associate
Professor at the University of Toronto and author of City of God
(University of California Press 2010) and Secure the Soul (University
of California Press 2015).