Policing queer bodies : focusing on queer embodiment in policing research as an ethical question

Dwyer, Angela E. (2008) Policing queer bodies : focusing on queer embodiment in policing research as an ethical question. Queensland University of Technology Law and Justice Journal, 8(2), pp. 414-428.

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This paper takes up an ethically challenging position: it argues that it may be useful to explore how ‘queering’ heteronormative embodiment in public space may lead to certain types of policing practices. It argues that policing may involve ways of ‘reading’ particular bodies as ‘queering’ heteronormative ways of doing subjectivity, and that this may have implications for queer communities more broadly. In doing this, the paper challenges policing as somehow impartial by suggesting that more could be done for queer communities. Informed by literature about heteronormative police culture, hate crimes and embodiment, police-queer relationships, and ethical policing practices, this paper brings together these discomforting issues and suggests they are explicitly important for policing young people that ‘queer’ heteronormativity. The paper concludes with a call for ‘embodying’ criminological research to produce ethical policing practices with queer communities.

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ID Code: 19319
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: queer, embodiment, policing research, ethics, non-heteronormative, bodies
ISSN: 1445-6249
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Law and Justice Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 31 Mar 2009 04:57
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:49

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