Foot Soldiers, Gangsters and Drug Addicts in Hong Kong

Chapter

Abstract

This part of the book brings the focus to a third and final Continent of interest—Asia, with a specific spotlight placed on Hong Kong. The suggested connections between youth gangs and triad societies are examined, and I draw attention to the particular ways that male youth gang members can become ‘triadized’ and immersed in organised criminality. I then move on to explore and examine the potential impact of a Christian-based religious intervention in terms of supporting male offenders to begin to move away from triad-related crime. In this chapter, I begin by sharing insights from life history interviews conducted with a small sample of men of various ages in Hong Kong who had become members of street gangs and slowly transitioned to become part of triad-affiliated crime groups. Through drawing on the most salient themes from interviews, I explore the underlying social and cultural influences that led the men to engage with and (in some cases) progress through triad hierarchies, and the links with masculinity. I also examine the range of factors that triggered a readiness for change among these men.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Interdisciplinary Research Unit on Crime, Policing and Social Justice, School of EducationUniversity of the West of ScotlandAyrUK

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