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Policing LGBTIQ people in rural spaces : emerging issues and future concerns


Dwyer, A and Ball, M and Barker, E, Policing LGBTIQ people in rural spaces : emerging issues and future concerns, Rural Society, 24, (3) pp. 227-243. ISSN 1037-1656 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/10371656.2015.1099264


This article argues identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and/or questioning (LGBTIQ) in rural spaces can produce specific types of policing experiences. While some literature examines the experiences of LGBTIQ people with police, very little has focused on how rurality explicitly shapes these experiences. This is significant considering research highlights how rurality can be connected to pronounced experiences of homophobia and transphobia. The article highlights examples from three research projects that explored: LGBTIQ young people’s interactions with police; LGBTI people’s interactions with police liaison services; and LGBTIQ-identifying police officers. The examples demonstrate the need for further research to examine how policing "happens" with rural LGBTIQ people to ensure more accountable policing policies and practice, and to highlight the complexities of localized, rural policing contexts that can both support and marginalize LGBTIQ people.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:LGBTIQ; police; rurality; queer criminology; rural criminology
Research Division: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
UTAS Author:Dwyer, A (Dr Angela Dwyer)
ID Code:105693
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2016-01-13
Last Modified:2018-03-29

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