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Policing Queer Bodies: Focusing on Queer Embodiment in Policing Research as an Ethical Question


Dwyer, AE, Policing Queer Bodies: Focusing on Queer Embodiment in Policing Research as an Ethical Question, QUT Law & Justice Journal, 8, (2) pp. 414-428. ISSN 2201-7275 (2008) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2008 The Authors Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia (CC BY 3.0 AU)

DOI: doi:10.5204/qutlr.v8i2.51


This paper takes up an ethically challenging position: it argues that it may be useful to explore how ‘queering’ heteronormative embodiment in public space may lead to certain types of policing practices. It argues that policing may involve ways of ‘reading’ particular bodies as ‘queering’ heteronormative ways of doing subjectivity, and that this may have implications for queer communities more broadly. In doing this, the paper challenges policing as somehow impartial by suggesting that more could be done for queer communities. Informed by literature about heteronormative police culture, hate crimes and embodiment, police-queer relationships, and ethical policing practices, this paper brings together these discomforting issues and suggests they are explicitly important for policing young people that ‘queer’ heteronormativity. The paper concludes with a call for ‘embodying’ criminological research to produce ethicalpolicing practices with queer communities.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
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:105865
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2016-01-18
Last Modified:2016-09-19
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