[Artículo] The making of an evangelical prison: Study on Neo-Pentecostalism and its leadership processes in the Argentine penitentiary system / Joaquín Algranti
Algranti, J. (2018). The making of an evangelical prison: Study on Neo-Pentecostalism and its leadership processes in the Argentine penitentiary system. Social Compass, 65(5), 549–565. https://doi.org/10.1177/0037768618800417
The aim of this article is to analyse the origin and development of ‘prison Pentecostalism’ in the Penitentiary System of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The article is divided into three parts. In the first, we briefly describe the current situation in prisons, focusing on their crisis of governance, how the religious phenomenon is involved in this context and the discussions posed by researchers on this new topic. In the second, we will explore, through the trajectory of its initiators, the different strategies of evangelism that led to the emergence of Unit 25, the first prison-church. Finally, we will characterize the processes of intramural leadership and the profiles of inmates who govern the daily life of the evangelical cellblocks.