What's Queer About Queer Criminology?

Ball, Matthew (2014) What's Queer About Queer Criminology? In Peterson, Dana & Panfil, Vanessa R. (Eds.) Handbook of LGBT Communities, Crime, and Justice. Springer Science + Business Media, New York, pp. 531-555.

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The term ‘‘queer criminology’’ is increasingly being used in criminological discussions, though there remains little consistency with regard to how it is used and to what it refers. It has been used broadly to describe criminological research on LGBTQ people and their interactions with the justice system, more specifically to describe those analyses that identify and critique the heteronormative knowledges or binarized understandings of gender and sexuality within criminal justice research, and also to label theoretical and conceptual pieces that argue for a greater connection between queer theory and criminology. However, there are some important distinctions between ‘‘queer criminology’’ and ‘‘queer theory’’ more widely, particularly the deconstructive approaches of the latter. This chapter explores the engagements between queer theory and ‘‘queer criminology,’’ specifically focusing on whether ‘‘queer criminology’’ adopts an understanding of ‘‘queer’’ as an attitude, and as signifying a deconstructive project—a position that features in many strands of queer theoretical work. It will argue that while there are different ways of engaging with ‘‘queer’’ as a concept, and that each of these engagements produces different kinds of ‘‘queer’’ projects, ‘‘queer criminology’’ does not always engage with the deconstructive approaches drawn from queer theory. Ultimately, this can limit the ways that ‘queer criminologists’’ are able to address injustice.

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ID Code: 65385
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: queer theory, queer criminology, criminology, crime and justice, LGBT people, critique, poststructural theory, queer
DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4614-9188-0_24
ISBN: 9781461491880
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200) > Criminology not elsewhere classified (160299)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Springer Science + Business Media New York
Deposited On: 16 Dec 2013 00:04
Last Modified: 02 May 2016 00:02

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