‘Us’ and ‘Them’

Ethnic Minority Gangs in the Singapore Prisons

Ganapathy Narayanan National University of Singapore

Abstract This research is the first empirical study to examine ethnic minority gangs which have emerged within the Singapore prisons. It argues that the distinctive forms these entities have assumed in terms of history, structure, subculture, geography and ideologies have to be appreciated in the context of the social, economic and political dynamics that exist in wider Singapore society in general and the symbiotic relationship that exist between the formal social control institutions and the institutionalised Chinese secret societies in particular. 

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