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‘It’s Not Like We’re Going to Jump Them’: How Transgressing Heteronormativity Shapes Police Interactions with LGBT Young People


Dwyer, AE, It's Not Like We're Going to Jump Them': How Transgressing Heteronormativity Shapes Police Interactions with LGBT Young People, Youth Justice, 11, (3) pp. 203-220. ISSN 1747-6283 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1473225411420526


This paper explores how visibly transgressing heteronormativity shapes police interactions with LGBT young people. While research provides evidence about how sexually and gender diverse bodies can be abused in schools, policing is overlooked. Interviews with 35 LGBT young people demonstrate how bodies transgressing heteronormativity (that is, non-heteronormative bodies) mediate their policing experiences in Queensland, Australia. Drawing on Foucault, Butler, and others, this article suggests police interactions and use of discretion with LGBT young people was informed by non-heteronormative bodies discursively performing queerness in ways read by police. The article concludes noting tensions produced for youthful LGBT bodies in public spaces.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:embodiment, heteronormativity, lesbian gay bisexual transgender (LGBT), police, queer
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Police administration, procedures and practice
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Law enforcement
UTAS Author:Dwyer, AE (Dr Angela Dwyer)
ID Code:105862
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2016-01-18
Last Modified:2016-11-16

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