• Sally Atkinson-Sheppard
Part of the Palgrave Advances in Criminology and Criminal Justice in Asia book series (PACCJA)


This chapter will discuss the main research findings derived from this study. They include: mastaans and the market for protection, street children as the labourers of mastaans groups, ‘actively seeking protection’ as a way to explain why children engage in mastaans groups, the specific research methods used within the study and why these methods were particularly beneficial in this context. The chapter will consider the implications of the study in regard to future policy and practice, and in relation to discussions of children’s culpability and discourse related to Southern criminology. The book will conclude with final thoughts related to future research, children’s rights and ways in which criminological research can better protect vulnerable young people, in Asia and on a global scale.


‘Illicit child labour’ Street children Gangs Organised crime Bangladesh 


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  • Sally Atkinson-Sheppard
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  1. 1.King’s College London The Dickson Poon School of LawLondonUK

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