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Policing visible sexual/gender diversity as a program of governance

Dwyer, Angela E. (2012) Policing visible sexual/gender diversity as a program of governance. International Journal for Crime and Justice, 1(1), pp. 14-26.

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Abstract

Using interview data on LGBT young people’s policing experiences, I argue policing and security works as a program of government (Dean 1999; Foucault 1991; Rose 1999) that constrains the visibilities of diverse sexuality and gender in public spaces. While young people narrated police actions as discriminatory, the interactions were complex and multi‐faceted with police and security working to subtly constrain the public visibilities of ‘queerness’. Same sex affection, for instance, was visibly yet unverifiably (Mason 2002) regulated by police as a method of governing the boundaries of proper gender and sexuality in public. The paper concludes by noting how the visibility of police interactions with LGBT young people demonstrates to the public that public spaces are, and should remain, heterosexual spaces.

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ID Code: 54674
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: LGBT (lesbian gay bisexual transgender), sexualities, gender diversity, public spaces, bodies, heteronormativity, discipline
ISSN: 2201–2296
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 > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 09 Nov 2012 09:27
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2012 04:55

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