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Identifiable, queer and risky : the role of the body in policing experiences for LGBT young people


Dwyer, AE, Identifiable, queer and risky : the role of the body in policing experiences for LGBT young people, Proceedings of the 2009 Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference, 2009, Monash University, Melbourne, pp. 69-77. ISBN 9780980753004 (2009) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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This paper explores how visibly non-heteronormative bodies mediate policing experiences of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) young people, an area that has been mostly ignored in research about policing young people. Informed by interviews with 35 LGBT young people in Brisbane, Queensland, this paper addresses this gap by exploring how the non-heteronormative body mediates policing experiences of LGBT young people. Drawing on Foucault (1984), Butler (1990a), and other queer theory, the paper argues young non-heteronormative bodies visibly perform ‘queerness’, are read by police, and shape police-LGBT youth interactions. While this is complicated by looking at-risk (in terms of risk factors like homelessness, substance abuse), and looking risky (in terms of risk-taking or criminalised activities), the paper concludes noting how youthful LGBT bodies are regulated by police as non-heteronormative and deviant.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:sexuality, youth, policing, experiences, body, LGBT, queer, heteronormativity, embodiment
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Police administration, procedures and practice
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Gender and sexualities
UTAS Author:Dwyer, AE (Dr Angela Dwyer)
ID Code:106057
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2016-01-27
Last Modified:2016-02-16

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