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Title: Prison in Society, Society in Prison: An Analysis of OMEGA's Racially Structured Realities Within and Beyond
Authors: NAFIS MUHAMAD HANIF
Keywords: Singapore, Organised Crime, Race Relations, Prisons
Issue Date: 2-Jul-2008
Source: NAFIS MUHAMAD HANIF (2008-07-02). Prison in Society, Society in Prison: An Analysis of OMEGA's Racially Structured Realities Within and Beyond. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This thesis begins by seeking an explanation for the three empirically-defining features of the Omega secret society which differentiates Omega from the oft-studied Chinese secret societies in Singapore. Specifically, the three features include ethnic affiliation among 'Malay-Muslims', as a prominent ideology underlying Omega's formation, the ethnically exclusive composition of its members, and the prison as a stronghold for gaining manpower to facilitate the formation, continued existence and expansion of the Omega secret society in Singapore. Employing Merton's Social Structure and Anomie paradigm, these defining features of Omega, in terms of organisational structure and function, I argue, are structurally induced within the illegitimate sector of Singapore society. To effect the proselytization of socio-economically marginalised 'Malay-Muslims,' from Chinese secret societies into Omega and to elicit the solidarity of unaffiliated 'Malay-Muslim' prison guards and inmates to lend support to Omega, Omega members embark on a three-pronged approach, which will be explored.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/16099
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