The Socio-Cultural Determinants of Begging: A Case Study of Karachi City

Sakina Riaz, Mumtaz Ali Baloch


The present research paper aims to find out the socio-economic status of beggars' in Karachi city. A descriptive research design was employed by using survey method. The primary source of data collection was face to face interviews. A sample of 140 street beggars, were selected from different public places using purposive, a non-probability sampling technique.Data analysis, chi- square test of association was done.The key findings of the study show that begging is a structured profession in the city. Data indicated that the majority of the respondents have their own houses and they become the professional beggar in a routine with high satisfaction their existing profession. This study suggests that there is an urgent need to design and implement a comprehensive urban policy in order to control and the begging practice in the city.

Keywords: Socio-Cultural Determinants, Begging practice,  Karachi.

DOI: 10.7176/JESD/10-11-09

Publication date:June 30th 2019

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