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‘It’s not like we’re going to jump them’: how transgressing heteronormativity shapes police interactions with LGBT young people

Dwyer, Angela E. (2011) ‘It’s not like we’re going to jump them’: how transgressing heteronormativity shapes police interactions with LGBT young people. Youth Justice, 11(3), pp. 203-220.

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Abstract

This paper explores how visibly transgressing heteronormativity shapes police interactions with LGBT young people. While research evidences how sexually and gender diverse bodies can be abused in schools, policing is overlooked. Interviews with 35 LGBT young people demonstrate how bodies transgressing heteronormativity (that is, non-heteronormative bodies) mediate their policing experiences in Queensland, Australia. Drawing on Foucault, Butler, and others, the paper suggests police interactions and use of discretion with LGBT young people was informed by non-heteronormative bodies discursively performing queerness in ways read by police. The paper concludes noting tensions produced for youthful LGBT bodies in public spaces.

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ID Code: 41754
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), body, police, queer, heteronormativity
DOI: 10.1177/1473225411420526
ISSN: 1473-2254
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)
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 2011 SAGE Publications
Deposited On: 23 May 2011 08:54
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2013 11:39

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