Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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List of Illustrations

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p. ix

Acknowledgment

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pp. xi-xiii

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1. Youth and the Politics of Violence in Honduras: The Murder of El T

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pp. 1-26

Fieldnotes, September 29, 2001. I felt defeated, tired and worn out from the day and it was only two o’clock in the afternoon. All morning long, I had waited in that cramped, airless room at the municipal building in the hopes of talking to someone, anyone, about the city’s youth policy. Instead, I came to understand...

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2. Contesting Neighborhood Space in Colonia Bel

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pp. 27-49

Just like people, places have reputations. The bridge over the ravine that bisects Colonia Bel

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3. Thick as Blood: Street Ties, Gang Tattoos, and Graffiti

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pp. 50-71

Few sights are sadder than an unkempt cemetery. I stood just inside the entrance to El Progreso’s municipal cemetery with Manuel and Lucas, staring in disbelief at the disorder in front of us. When I had asked my two perennially out-of-work young friends to help me count headstones, looking for some way to gauge the youth death rate in the municipality...

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4. The Making of Community and the Work of Faith

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pp. 72-101

Doña Eugenia is a frail-looking, spindle-thin woman, but spying her through the open door of her humble house, roughly kneading dough for flour tortillas, I didn’t doubt her strength. It was the inaugural meeting of Colonia Belén’s Catholic comunidad de base (base ecclesiastical community, or CEB)...

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5. Finding Sanctuary: Youth Violence and Pentecostalism

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pp. 102-128

It was unbearably muggy that Sunday, even for a June evening. I was thankful that the God Is Love Pentecostal Church had moved from its tiny storefront, badly ventilated and with broken fans, to the new, more spacious building. “Building” might be an exaggeration. The steel beams and supports had been raised and the corrugated tin roof placed...

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Conclusion: Taking on Violence

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pp. 129-138

José Luis was a fanatic about his muscles and self-conscious about his slight stature. Not a bulky young man, he was “ripped” and undeniably strong. This didn’t stop him from crying to Sergio and myself, “I need to put some weight on. Look how scrawny I am.” In the yard across from his parents’ house...

Appendix of Names

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pp. 139-142

Notes

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pp. 143-144

References

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pp. 145-152

Index

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pp. 153-156