Street Children and Dhaka’s Gangs: Using a Case Study to Explore Bangladeshi Organised Crime

Atkinson-Sheppard, S. 2018. Street Children and Dhaka’s Gangs: Using a Case Study to Explore Bangladeshi Organised Crime. SAGE Research Methods Cases. doi:10.4135/9781526427625

TitleStreet Children and Dhaka’s Gangs: Using a Case Study to Explore Bangladeshi Organised Crime
TypeJournal article
AuthorsAtkinson-Sheppard, S.
Abstract

This case considers the use of an ethnographic case study to explore the involvement of street children in organized crime in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The case explains why the subject of street children’s involvement in organized crime was necessary to study, it then reflects on the methods used—a qualitative case study—and deliberates the benefits of this approach as compared with other methodologies. The case draws on three phases of data collection: more than 3 years of participant observation of the Bangladesh criminal justice system and wider
society; 80 interviews with criminal justice practitioners, non-governmental organization workers, and community members; and an embedded case study with 22 street children and the organization that houses and supports them. The case concludes that an ethnographic casestudy is a unique, yet essential tool for conducting research into this highly complex and
sensitive issue.

KeywordsStreet children, gangs, organised crime, case study, Bangladesh
Journal SAGE Research Methods Cases
Year2018
PublisherSage
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.4135/9781526427625
Publication dates
Published2018

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