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A queer criminal career


Asquith, NL and Dwyer, A and Simpson, P, A queer criminal career, Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 29, (2) pp. 167-180. ISSN 1034-5329 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright © 2020 Informa UK Limited. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Current Issues in Criminal Justice on 30 Nov 2018, available online:

DOI: doi:10.1080/10345329.2017.12036094


Since the publication of Moffitt’s (1993) important research on adolescence-limited and life-course-persistent offending, there has been a renewal of the often tacit goal of criminology of identifying the individual factors that facilitate and inhibit deviant behaviour. In focusing on early childhood biological, genetic and psychological development, and considering social environment only as a mediating factor, these approaches miss some of the queer pathways to crime. We argue that examining offending by queer people inevitably destabilises taken-for-granted ideas about offending and desistance from offending. Moreover, given the increasing numbers of young people identifying as queer, and that they are more likely to be sanctioned by criminal processing systems, we highlight the importance of exploring the experiences of queer young people. A queer criminological lens can offer up an alternative, queer criminal career, which starts not with bio-psychological dysfunctioning, but with social exclusion and criminalisation of identity

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:sexuality, gender, offending, lifecourse, family exile
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Causes and prevention of crime
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Gender and sexualities
UTAS Author:Asquith, NL (Professor Nicole Asquith)
UTAS Author:Dwyer, A (Dr Angela Dwyer)
ID Code:140503
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2020-08-24
Last Modified:2020-09-11
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