Policing embodied queerness : focusing on bodies in criminological research
Dwyer, Angela E. (2008) Policing embodied queerness : focusing on bodies in criminological research. Nexus : Newsletter of The Australian Sociological Association.
In this paper, I take up a precarious position: I am suggesting that it may be useful to explore how embodying queerness in public space may lead to certain types of policing practices. This position is precarious for two reasons. Firstly, it is challenging because it suggests that there may be certain ways of looking queer or 'reading' a body as a queer body, an idea that has been discouraged by academic commentators. Secondly, it flies in the face of the notion that policing is somehow impartial by suggesting that more could be done for queer communities. These issues are examined below concluding with a call for more embodied research on these issues.
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