Teaching young queers a lesson: How police teach lessons about non-heteronormativity in public spaces

Dwyer, Angela E. (2015) Teaching young queers a lesson: How police teach lessons about non-heteronormativity in public spaces. Sexuality and Culture, 19(3), pp. 493-512.

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This paper analyses qualitative data with LGBT young people to think about police-LGBT youth interactions, and the outcomes of these interactions, as pedagogical moments for LGBT young people, police, and public onlookers. Although the data in this paper could be interpreted in line with dominant ways of thinking about LGBT young people and police, as criminalization for instance, the data suggested something more complex. This paper employs a theoretical framework informed by poststructural theories, queer theories, and pedagogical theories, to theorise LGBT youth-police interactions as instruction about managing police relationships in public spaces. The analysis shows how LGBT young people are learning from police encounters about the need to avoid ‘looking queer’ to minimise police harm.

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ID Code: 81900
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) youth, police, relationship management, pedagogy, heteronormativity, public space, young people
DOI: 10.1007/s12119-015-9273-6
ISSN: 1936-4822
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 2015 Springer
Copyright Statement: The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12119-015-9273-6
Deposited On: 19 Feb 2015 02:14
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2016 03:52

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