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God's GangsBarrio Ministry, Masculinity, and Gang Recovery$
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Edward Orozco Flores

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781479850099

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479850099.001.0001

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Masculinity and the Podium

Masculinity and the Podium

Discourse in Gang Recovery

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God's Gangs

Edward Orozco Flores

NYU Press

This chapter explores different platforms for public speaking, such as group therapy or bible studies, and how they offer recovering gang members opportunities to experience reform from gang life, as well as to earn legitimacy for being reformed. The public talk of gang recovery invited situated performances that rearticulated Chicano masculinity. Recovering gang members used public talk to advance “redemption scripts” and construct reformed barrio masculinity, facilitating recovery from gang life and social reintegration. The chapter probes deeper into how this gendered redemption sequence operates as a discursive process. Gang recovery programs, through the spaces they provide for public talk, centrally negotiate masculinity and facilitate reform. Public talk in gang recovery reformulates Chicano gang masculinity into warm, nurturing expressions. During these sessions, the recovering gang members talk about their personal lives and encourage each other to talk about family and to feel empathy for family members.

Keywords:   public speaking, group therapy, bible studies, gang recovery, gang life, situated performances, Chicano masculinity, redemption scripts, social reintegration, family

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