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Conference Paper: On the margins with heroin use: generational perspectives

TitleOn the margins with heroin use: generational perspectives
Authors
Issue Date2010
PublisherThe Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (Brå).
Citation
The 2010 Stockholm Criminology Symposium, Stockholm, Sweden, 14-16 June 2010. In Symposium Program & Abstracts, 2010, p. 133 How to Cite?
AbstractHong Kong has a long history with heroin consumption, with its emergence directly tied to the international pressures on the British to criminalize its’ colonial benefits with opium. For much of the latter half of the 20th century, heroin dominated Hong Kong’s local drug market, and heroin users, typically lower working class males, though publicly tolerated, came to be highly stigmatized and marginalized in the community. By the end of the century, recreational use of psychotropic drugs emerged, following similar patterns globally with ecstasy and the dance party setting attracting young people from a variety of social classes. Yet within a year, ketamine took center stage, becoming the most popular drug among young persons and used in settings beyond the dance scene. At the same time, heroin use among young persons declined significantly. The aim of this paper is to examine the experiences of initiating into heroin use and experiences of marginality of three generations of heroin users, including a group of young, middle aged, and elderly users. The study draws from 65 indepth interviews with users of different ages to address the question as to how are their experiences differ and their position in this era of change and transition in the local drug market and in the community?
DescriptionSession: WED10 - Patterns of crime and delinquency - Theme: Contemporary Criminology
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/130296
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dc.contributor.authorLau, GLen_US
dc.contributor.authorLaidler, KAen_US
dc.contributor.authorLi, NL-
dc.date.accessioned2010-12-23T08:49:07Z-
dc.date.available2010-12-23T08:49:07Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe 2010 Stockholm Criminology Symposium, Stockholm, Sweden, 14-16 June 2010. In Symposium Program & Abstracts, 2010, p. 133en_US
dc.identifier.issn978-91-86027-58-2-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/130296-
dc.descriptionSession: WED10 - Patterns of crime and delinquency - Theme: Contemporary Criminology-
dc.description.abstractHong Kong has a long history with heroin consumption, with its emergence directly tied to the international pressures on the British to criminalize its’ colonial benefits with opium. For much of the latter half of the 20th century, heroin dominated Hong Kong’s local drug market, and heroin users, typically lower working class males, though publicly tolerated, came to be highly stigmatized and marginalized in the community. By the end of the century, recreational use of psychotropic drugs emerged, following similar patterns globally with ecstasy and the dance party setting attracting young people from a variety of social classes. Yet within a year, ketamine took center stage, becoming the most popular drug among young persons and used in settings beyond the dance scene. At the same time, heroin use among young persons declined significantly. The aim of this paper is to examine the experiences of initiating into heroin use and experiences of marginality of three generations of heroin users, including a group of young, middle aged, and elderly users. The study draws from 65 indepth interviews with users of different ages to address the question as to how are their experiences differ and their position in this era of change and transition in the local drug market and in the community?-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherThe Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (Brå).-
dc.relation.ispartofStockholm Criminology Symposium 2010-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.titleOn the margins with heroin use: generational perspectivesen_US
dc.typeConference_Paperen_US
dc.identifier.emailLau, GL: gllau@hkucc.hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailLaidler, KA: kjoe@hkucc.hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailLi, NL: linglili@hkucc.hku.hk-
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dc.identifier.spage133-
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dc.publisher.placeSweden-

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