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Soc. Sci. 2018, 7(10), 184;

The Effects of Poverty and Prison on British Muslim Men Who Offend

Leeds School of Social Sciences, Leeds Beckett University, CL920 Calverley Building, City Campus, Leeds LS1 3HE, UK
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Received: 16 August 2018 / Revised: 20 September 2018 / Accepted: 26 September 2018 / Published: 2 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Race/Ethnicity, Crime and Social Control)
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Focusing on the lives of British Muslim young men, this article examines the links between their social and economic relations and their prison experiences, desistance, and identity. In understanding the meanings they place on their prison experiences and their social and economic marginalization, the article theorises about social integration, and their place in British society. An intergenerational shift from the availability of local high-waged, skilled, and secure textile work to low-waged, precarious, service work presented them with a series of problems and opportunities, leading them to reject licit wage labour and embrace illicit entrepreneurial criminality. The article concludes that their social and economic relations drove criminal solutions, not ethnicity. View Full-Text
Keywords: young Muslim men; gangs; prison; solidarity; discrimination; hostility young Muslim men; gangs; prison; solidarity; discrimination; hostility
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