Street Children and ‘Protective Agency’

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


Children’s agency has dominated discourse about young people in recent years, yet little is known about street children’s agency with regard to involvement in organised crime, particularly in Bangladesh. This chapter proposes that the concept of ‘protective agency’ is important for understanding how, and why, street children engage with Bangladeshi organised crime group: the mastaans.


Children’s agency Childhood Protection 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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