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

Dwyer, Angela (2009) Identifiable, queer and risky : the role of the body in policing experiences for LGBT young people. In Segrave, Marie (Ed.) Proceedings of the 2009 Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference, Monash University Criminology, School of Political and Social Inquiry, Melbourne, Victoria, pp. 69-77.

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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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ID Code: 29431
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: sexuality, youth, policing, experiences, body, LGBT, queer, heteronormativity, embodiment
ISBN: 9780980753004
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Culture Gender Sexuality (200205)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200) > Criminology not elsewhere classified (160299)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Access to Justice (180102)
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 2009 please contact the author
Deposited On: 23 Dec 2009 01:02
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:02

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