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Pleasures, perversities, and partnerships : the historical emergence of LGBT-police relationships


Dwyer, AE, Pleasures, perversities, and partnerships : the historical emergence of LGBT-police relationships, Handbook of LGBT Communities, Crime, and Justice, Springer, Peterson, Dana and Panfil, Vanessa R (ed), New York, pp. 149-164. ISBN 9781461491873 (2014) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-1-4614-9188-0_8


Relationships between LGBT people and police have been turbulent for some time now, and have been variously characterized as supportive (McGhee, 2004) and antagonistic (Radford, Betts, & Ostermeyer, 2006). These relationships were, and continue to be, influenced by a range of political, legal, cultural, and social factors. This chapter will examine historical and social science accounts of LGBT-police histories to chart the historical peaks and troughs in these relationships. The discussion demonstrates how, in Western contexts, we oscillate between historical moments of police criminalizing homosexual perversity and contemporary landscapes of partnership between police and LGBT people. However, the chapter challenges the notion that it is possible to trace this as a lineal progression from a painful past to a more productive present. Rather, it focuses on specific moments, marked by pain or pleasure or both, and how these moments emerge and re-emerge in ways that shaped LGBT-police landscapes in potted, uneven ways. The chapter concludes noting how, although certain ideas and police practices may shift towards more progressive notions of partnership policing, we cannot just take away the history that emerged out of mistrust and pain.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:LGBT (lesbian gay bisexual transgender), history, policing, perversion, partnership
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 (Associate Professor Angela Dwyer)
ID Code:107067
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2016-03-03
Last Modified:2016-05-05

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