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Lurking with/in Mainstream Criminologies as a Queer Criminologist: Learnings and Reflections


Dwyer, A, Lurking with/in Mainstream Criminologies as a Queer Criminologist: Learnings and Reflections, Sociology of Crime, Law and Deviance, Emerald Publishing Limited, M Deflem (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 25-38. ISBN 9781801170024 (2022) [Research Book Chapter]

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Copyright 2022 Angela Dwyer

DOI: doi:10.1108/S1521-613620220000027003


Purpose - This chapter ruminates on a range of different ways that the author experiences being what the author calls a "lurker" in mainstream criminologies as a queer criminologist.

Methodology/approach - Drawing on the work of Jack Halberstam, Michel Foucault, Heather Love, Sarah Ahmed, and other queer theorists, the author explores their positionality as a lurker in mainstream criminologies, and policing particular, to better understand how "[d]isciplines qualify and disqualify, legitimate and delegitimate, reward and punish" (Halberstam, 2011, p. 10), and how leaders of these disciplines make calculated decisions about who qualifies as legitimate scholars of policing knowing.

Findings - The discussion steps through some significant moments of discomfort that have emerged in lurking around with/in these disciplines, and in doing the work of queer research with queer people about queer policing.

Originality/value -The author finishes by sharing strategies and learnings that have emerged out of these research and disciplinary contexts. The author suggests that it is most valuable to continue to lurk so their position of discomfort and potential failure persists as a more productive positionality than conforming with the mainstream.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:queer, criminology, policing, lurking, reflection
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, A (Dr Angela Dwyer)
ID Code:152365
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2022-08-18
Last Modified:2022-09-15

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