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‘Just stupid drama queens’ : how police constrain, regulate, and punish the public visibilities of sexual/gender diversity as out of place

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Dwyer, AE, Just stupid drama queens' : how police constrain, regulate, and punish the public visibilities of sexual/gender diversity as out of place, Proceedings of Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 26-28 September, 2011, School of Justice, QUT, Brisbane, QLD, pp. 319-336. ISBN 978 -0-9871533-2-6 (2011) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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Abstract

Using interview data on LGBT young peoples’ policing experiences, I argue policing practices work to constrain public visibilities of sexual and gender diversity in public spaces. Police actions recounted by LGBT young people suggest the workings of a certain kind of visuality (Mason, 2002) and evidenced more subtle actions that sought to constrain, regulate, and punish public visibilities of sexual and gender diversity. Aligning with the work of sexualities academics and theorists, this paper suggests that, like violence is itself a bodily spectacle from which onlookers come to know things, policing works to subtly constrain public visibilities of "queerness". Policing interactions with LGBT young people serves the purpose of visibly yet unverifiably (Mason, 2002) regulating displays of sexual and gender diversity in public spaces. The paper concludes noting how police actions are nonetheless visible and therefore make knowable to the public the importance of keeping same sex intimacy invisible in public spaces.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Visibility, LGBT (lesbian gay bisexual transgender), sexualities, gender diversity, performativity, public spaces, constraint, punishment, regulate, discipline, embodiment, heteronormativity
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Criminology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the Law
Objective Field:Law Enforcement
Author:Dwyer, AE (Dr Angela Dwyer)
ID Code:105873
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Social Sciences
Deposited On:2016-01-18
Last Modified:2016-02-16
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