Pleasures, perversities, and partnerships : the historical emergence of LGBT-police relationships

Dwyer, Angela (2014) Pleasures, perversities, and partnerships : the historical emergence of LGBT-police relationships. In Peterson, Dana & Panfil, Vanessa R (Eds.) Handbook of LGBT Communities, Crime, and Justice. Springer New York, New York, pp. 149-164.

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Relationships between LGBT people and police have been turbulent for some time now, and have been variously characterized as supportive (McGhee, 2004) and antagonistic (Radford, Betts, & Ostermeyer, 2006). These relationships were, and continue to be, influenced by a range of political, legal, cultural, and social factors. This chapter will examine historical and social science accounts of LGBT-police histories to chart the historical peaks and troughs in these relationships. The discussion demonstrates how, in Western contexts, we oscillate between historical moments of police criminalizing homosexual perversity and contemporary landscapes of partnership between police and LGBT people. However, the chapter challenges the notion that it is possible to trace this as a lineal progression from a painful past to a more productive present. Rather, it focuses on specific moments, marked by pain or pleasure or both, and how these moments emerge and re-emerge in ways that shaped LGBT-police landscapes in potted, uneven ways. The chapter concludes noting how, although certain ideas and police practices may shift towards more progressive notions of partnership policing, we cannot just take away the history that emerged out of mistrust and pain.

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ID Code: 66161
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: LGBT (lesbian gay bisexual transgender), history, policing, perversion, partnership
DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4614-9188-0_8
ISBN: 9781461491873
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Crime & Justice Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Springer New York
Deposited On: 15 Jan 2014 00:48
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2016 10:56

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