Be familiar with some of Wolseth’s arguments about gangs and church groups – especially the significance of not moving on after a violent death.
- young poor men with the inability to secure jobs enter into the military or the drug trade
- gangs are an alternative measure for work
- church groups and migration are turned to of alternatives to stay out of trouble
- it offers young men a sense of belonging
- Wolseth recognizes that society sees some young men as useless and so their resort to gangs is viable, but not the violent aspect of it per se
- wolseth looks at how evangelical groups target abandoned youth
- giving youth an opportunity to do and experience things they often would not be able to
- in this process, youth are shaping their behavior and no longer pursuing the path of violence and gangs
- gang members in the region also take the disguise of evangelism by preaching and asking for donations in places like the streets and the bus.
- this is their way of getting support from the public without having to use violent tactics
Becoming a member of the iglesia evangélica means leaving all other paths to be on the path of God… reforming behavior, changing one’s attitude and one’s social position (eg. no more drinking).
In theory, converting to the iglesia evangélica means no more gang-related activities… but it is not always so easy or straight-forward