AHSS faculty lecture by Luis Leon
LOCATION: Anderson Academic Commons, Special Events Room
Disrupting Machismo: Affect in Latino Men’s Pentecostal Conversion Narratives
Presented by Luis Leon, professor of religious studies
Religious demographers have long told us statistically that Latinos/as are converting from Catholicism to Pentecostalism in significant numbers, both in the United States and in Latin America. This talk examines this phenomenon by analyzing the conversion narratives of Latino Pentecostal men. The prevailing theory suggests that conversion can be explained by “rational choice consumerism,” whereby converts get a religious “product” that is more meaningful to their everyday lives with Pentecostalism, but don’t need to change religious “brands” (Christianity), just the specific product. The talk further explains the rare emotional, affective ties that men form with other men when converting to and practicing Pentecostalism.