|Chapter title||Developing a ‘Global South’ Perspective of Street Children’s Involvement in Organised Crime|
The majority of studies about gangs come from the global North meaning that we know very little about young people’s involvement in organized crime in the global South. This chapter explores the roles that Bangladeshi street children play organized crime groups by drawing on interviews with street children, criminal justice practitioners, non-government organization workers and community members, and over three years of participant observation of Bangladesh and its criminal justice system. This paper argues that in order to understand street children’s involvement in Bangladesh’s organized crime groups – the mastaans – it is necessary to expand the boundaries of criminology to include development studies’ concepts of social protection, patron-clientism and child labor. The chapter highlights the need to build a more cohesive collaboration between criminology and development studies.
|Keywords||Street children, organised crime, gangs, Bangladesh, global South, Southern criminology|
|Book title||The Palgrave Handbook of Criminology and the Global South|
|Published||02 Feb 2018|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1007/978-3-319-65021-0_24|