This introductory chapter offers an insight into the lives of a social group of British born Pakistani Muslim men (also known as The Boys) who were involved in a range of offending behaviours. It aims to understand their lives, taking into account their socioeconomic situation, the make up of their community, the cultural and religious influences which impacted on them and on their lives, and their involvement in crime. The chapter aims to understand why The Boys were involved in crime and what factors, if any, motivated them to offend, exploring whether there were other possible and unique explanations for their offending such as, for instance, cultural or religious factors.
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