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Healing the Curse of the grosero Husband: Women’s Health Seeking and Pentecostal Conversion in Oaxaca, Mexico
Journal of Contemporary Religion (2015)
  • Margaret Everett, Portland State University
  • Michelle Ramirez, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
Abstract
Drawing on anthropological research in Oaxaca, Mexico, this article describes the role of health seeking in women’s experiences with Pentecostal conversion. The present study confirms that Pentecostalism’s promise of reforming problematic male behavior is a significant draw for women. Women’s stories of conversion are strikingly consistent in their accounts of male drinking, womanizing, and domestic violence. However, the findings also demonstrate that when efforts to domesticate men fail—and they often do—women still find significant ways in which Pentecostalism addresses suffering. The study provides a unique contribution to the literature by exploring that paradox in detail.
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Publication Date
2015
Citation Information
Margaret Everett and Michelle Ramirez. "Healing the Curse of the grosero Husband: Women’s Health Seeking and Pentecostal Conversion in Oaxaca, Mexico" Journal of Contemporary Religion Vol. 30 Iss. 3 (2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/margaret_everett/19/