Gang Membership among Malaysian Indian Young Adults

Shathesh, Raviechandran and Tharshini, N. K. (2023) Gang Membership among Malaysian Indian Young Adults. International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences, 13 (7). pp. 1325-1344. ISSN 2222-6990

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Young people involvement in gang crime is not only a problem in Western countries but also in middle and low-income countries. Globally, gangsterism has become a threat to the wellbeing of young adults. Therefore, the present study aims to explore the issue of gang membership, especially among Indian young adults in Kuala Garing Park, in Rawang. An indepth interview approach was used to identify the demographic profile of the gang members and explore the risk factors that promote gang membership. The present study’s findings show that the majority of the respondents were single, male, drug dealers, aged between 23 and 24 years old, and had completed their education up to lower secondary level. The findings also show that the respondents were involved in gangsterism due to various reasons such as peer influence, poor relationships with parents, financial deprivation, and a desire to gain power and esteem in society. Since gangsterism is a sophisticated and multidimensional phenomenon, it is therefore recommended that collaboration and synergy among families, schools, social support groups, and law enforcement agencies are essential to create a comprehensive approach to tackle gangsterism issues. Through early intervention, community engagement, and targeted enforcement we can work towards reducing the allure of gangs and creating safer and healthier communities for everyone.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Young Adults, Crime, Gangsterism, Indians, Malaysia.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Social Sciences & Humanities
Faculties, Institutes, Centres > Faculty of Social Sciences & Humanities
Depositing User: Gani
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2023 07:00
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2023 07:00

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