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Case Study: Policing sexualities


Dwyer, AE and Ball, M, Case Study: Policing sexualities, Policing in context : an introduction to police work in Australia, Oxford University Press, Broadhurst, Roderic G. and Davies, Sara E. (ed), South Melbourne, Vic, pp. 89-91. ISBN 9780195561067 (2008) [Research Book Chapter]

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Copyright 2009 Roderic Broadhurst and Sara E. Davies

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Some of the models of policing outlined in this chapter, while certainly useful, have been criticised for 'over-policing' (White & Perrone 2005) diverse social groups, leading to their over-representation in criminal justice processes (Williams & Murphy 1990; Kennison 2002). Researchers argue that police may target these groups as 'deviant' and in need of regulation. One example is the relationship between queer communities and police, a relationship characterised as both supportive (McGhee 2003; Baird 1997), and antagonistic (Burke 1992; Radford, Betts & Ostermeyer 2006; Thompson 1997). A range of political, social and legal factors have informed this, particularly the historical criminalisation of homosexuality (Richardson, Smith & Alexander 1997; Smith 1988). These factors have shaped how queer communities are policed: when homosexuality is criminalised, police constitute the initial point of suspicion, intervention and apprehension of 'offenders' (Williams & Robinson 2004). Two examples of policing sexualities in Australia will be used here to demonstrate the effect that two different models of policing can have on communities in practice: the Tasty Night Club raid in Melbourne in 1994, and the Walksafe Anti-Violence project instituted in Brisbane in 2004.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Policing, Sexualities, Homosexuality, Criminalise, Community
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Criminology not elsewhere classified
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:107078
Year Published:2008
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2016-03-03
Last Modified:2016-09-26

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