Developing a ‘Global South’ Perspective of Street Children’s Involvement in Organised Crime

Atkinson-Sheppard, S. 2018. Developing a ‘Global South’ Perspective of Street Children’s Involvement in Organised Crime. in: Carrington, K., Hogg, R., Scott, J. and Sozzo, M. (ed.) The Palgrave Handbook of Criminology and the Global South Palgrave. pp. 473-492

Chapter titleDeveloping a ‘Global South’ Perspective of Street Children’s Involvement in Organised Crime
AuthorsAtkinson-Sheppard, S.
EditorsCarrington, K.
Hogg, R.
Scott, J.
Sozzo, M.
Abstract

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.

KeywordsStreet children, organised crime, gangs, Bangladesh, global South, Southern criminology
Book titleThe Palgrave Handbook of Criminology and the Global South
Page range473-492
Year2018
PublisherPalgrave
Publication dates
Published02 Feb 2018
ISBN9783319650203
9783319879277
9783319650210
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1007/978-3-319-65021-0_24
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