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British Pakistanis and desistance: poverty, prison and identity

Qasim, Mohammed and Webster, Colin (2023) British Pakistanis and desistance: poverty, prison and identity. International Series on Desistance and Rehabilitation. Routledge, Abingdon, UK. ISBN 9780367677664

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Identification Number: 10.4324/9781003132738


Focusing on the lives of first- and second-generation British Pakistani young adult men and those approaching middle age who offend or have offended and the experiences of their fathers bringing them up in a de-industrialised city, this book examines the influence of social relations on their moves toward and away from crime, particularly the impact of father-son relationships. It seeks to understand their transitions as they aged; the meanings they place on their ethno-cultural, social and economic marginalization; and the licit and illicit opportunities and constraints that influence their identity and social integration as well as their place in British society. British Pakistanis and Desistance focuses on the distinct context, relations and situations in which British Pakistani young adult offending and desistance takes place, such as family formation, education, prison, neighbourhood change and long-term changes in the types, availability and quality of work. Sketching a ‘life-course’ approach, it locates desistance theory and its application within the relationship between biography and social structure, using a case study of entrepreneurial criminality as an attempt at recovery from deindustrialisation. An accessible and compelling read, this book will appeal to students and scholars of criminology, sociology, desistance, social policy and to all those interested in the lived experience of British Pakistani men.

Item Type: Book
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Additional Information: © 2024 The Authors
Divisions: Mannheim Centre for Criminology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2023 16:45
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2024 01:36

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