Queer criminology as activism

Ball, Matthew J. (2016) Queer criminology as activism. Critical Criminology, 24(4), pp. 473-487.

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Belknap’s recent call for greater criminological activism in the service of social justice identifies queer criminology as an important site for such activism. Indeed, much of the work undertaken by queer criminologists is already motivated by a concern to address a variety of injustices—whether in the form of discrimination, heteronormativity, gender binarism, or invisibility—experienced by queer communities in the realm of criminal justice, criminology, and beyond. In this paper, I explore the existing and possible future connections between queer criminology and activism. I highlight the ways in which queer politics have always involved social activism, including activism relating to criminal justice issues. I then suggest some possible directions for expanding queer criminological activism within the traditional academic roles of research, teaching, and service. Pursuing such directions, I argue, is necessary in order to set the foundation for further queer criminological activism beyond academia.

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ID Code: 98699
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: queer criminology, activism, LGBT, critical criminology
DOI: 10.1007/s10612-016-9329-4
ISSN: 1572-9877
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200) > Criminology not elsewhere classified (160299)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Crime & Justice Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Copyright Owner: Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2016
Deposited On: 30 Nov 2016 00:40
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2016 19:31

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