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Karen Laidler

Professor at University of Hong Kong

Major works

McDonald, T. and Laidler, K.A. (2018) Negotiating the ethics of gendered online spaces in Mainland China and Hong Kong. Tolich, M. and Ifophen, R. (eds.) The Sage Handbook in Qualitative Research Ethics. Sage: Thousand Oaks. Cassini Sai Kwan Chu & Karen Joe Laidler (2016) Becoming a Male Client of Compensated Dating, Deviant Behavior, 37:1, 47-65 Moloney M., Hunt G. and Laidler K.A. (2015) Drug Sales, Gender and Risk: Notions of Risk from the Perspective of Gang Involved Youth, Substance Use & Misuse. Niu X. and Laidler K.A. (2014) Understanding Domestic Violence Against Muslim Women in China, Feminist Criminology, Published first online, 1-21. Dean, M. and Joe Laidler, K. (2013) A new girl in town: Exploring girlhood identities through facebook. First Monday. 18(2-4): 1-10. Moloney, M., MacKenzie, K., Hunt, G. and Joe Laidler, K. (2009) The Path and Promise of Fatherhood for Gang Members. The British Journal of Criminology. 49(3): 305-325. Joe Laidler, K., Petersen, C. and Emerton, R. (2007) Bureaucratic Justice: The Imprisonment of Mainland Sex Workers in Hong Kong. International Journal of Offender Rehabilitation and Therapy. 51(1): 68-83. Hunt, G., Joe Laidler, K. and MacKenzie, K. (2005) Moving into Motherhood: Gang Girls and Controlled Risk. Youth and Society. 36(3): 333-373. Hunt, G., Joe Laidler, K. and Evans, K.. (2002) The Meaning and Gendered Culture of Getting High: Gang Girls and Drug Use Issues. Contemporary Drug Problems.Pp. 375-415. Joe Laidler, K. and Hunt, G (2001) Accomplishing Femininity Among the Girls in the Gang. British Journal of Criminology 41:656-678. Joe Laidler, K. and G. Hunt (1997) Violence and Social Organization Among Girl Gangs. Social Justice. 24:148-169. Morgan, P. and Joe, K. (1996) Citizens and Outlaws: The Private Lives and Public Lifestyles of Women in the Illicit Drug Economy. Journal of Drug Issues.26 (1):125-142. Joe, K. (1995) Ice is Strong Enough for a Man but Made for a Woman: A Social Cultural Analysis of Methamphetamine Use among Asian Pacific Americans. Crime, Law and Social Change22: 269-289. Joe, K. and Chesney Lind, K. (1995) Just Every Mother's Angel: An Analysis of Ethnic and Gender Variation in Youth Gang Membership. Gender and Society. Vol. 9, No. 4: 408-431.

About Me

Karen Joe Laidler is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre for Criminology. Her research focuses on drugs, sex work, youth gangs, and women’s imprisonment. As a native San Franciscan, she has been involved in criminological research since the 1980s, working with non-profit organizations and government agencies in Northern California. She has worked on a variety of primary and policy related research including: evaluation of drug intervention programmes; juvenile court intervention; inmate grievance processes; bail reform; sentencing guidelines; risk assessment for juvenile detention; prison planning and classification systems for adult prisons; and drug use problems among methamphetamine users. She moved to Hong Kong in the 1990s, and has witnessed the development of the city’s drug market over the past two decades. Her recent projects include a study on how young people obtain their drugs and social supply, drug use and risks among young gay men, investment fraud, and social harms and service access for ethnic minority youth in Hong Kong. She sits on the editorial board of Contemporary Drug Problems and Feminist Criminology, and on the international associate editorial/advisory board of Punishment and Society and Criminology and Criminal Justice respectively. She serves as a member of the Hong Kong Law Reform Commission’s subcommittee in a review on laws and policies related to sexual offenses. Karen teaches criminology, social problems, and gender studies courses.

Courses and Programs taught by Karen Laidler