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Damaged goods: riskiness and LGBT young peoples’ interactions with police


Dwyer, AE, Damaged goods: riskiness and LGBT young peoples' interactions with police, Proceedings of the 2010 Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference, 1-2 July 2010, Sydney Law School, University of Sydney, pp. 1-15. ISBN 978-1-74210-224-5 (2010) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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For some time now, research has suggested lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young people are ‘at-risk’ of victimisation and legally ‘risky’. Relatively few studies have examined how ‘risk factor’ research influences the everyday lives of LGBT young people. This paper reports how the experiences of police by 35 LGBT young people in Brisbane, Queensland reflected discourses about LGBT riskiness and how danger informed their interactions with police in public spaces. The participants specifically note how looking at-risk or looking risky affected their experiences of policing. The paper will conclude with recommendations for improved future policing practice.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), young people, policing, risk, heteronormativity, queer
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, AE (Dr Angela Dwyer)
ID Code:106053
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2016-01-27
Last Modified:2018-03-15

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