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Queering Paradigms VI

Interventions, Ethics and Glocalities

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Edited By Bee Scherer

This edited volume brings together perspectives on embodied queerness within the complicated parameters of hegemonic normativities, biopolitics and social-religious governmentalities. Queering Paradigms VI offers queer interventions, explores value-production in socio-corporeal normative frameworks, and exemplifies and highlights the complexity of queering in the global-local continuum. Queer maintains its revolutionary subversive functionality as an impulse and catalyst for cultural shifts challenging status quos, advancing cultural philosophy and activism/artivism and subverting harmful discourses at work among communities of practice and academic disciplines. The authors of this volume demonstrate the discoursive power of value-production and show pathways of global-local queer resistance, virtuosity and failure in the fields of philosophy, pedagogy, psychology, art, criminology, health, social media, history, religion and politics.

The volume features a particular South Asia focus and a balanced mix of early career researchers and established scholars, which reflects Queering Paradigms’ ethos for fostering a genial academic community of practice and to proffer intergenerational support and voice.

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5 The Ethics of Queer/ing Criminology: The Case of the ‘Prison of Love’

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MATTHEW BALL

5   The Ethics of Queer/ing Criminology: The Case of the ‘Prison of Love’

Introduction

Queer communities have historically been excluded from criminology and criminal justice studies. When they have appeared in these fields, the non-normative sexualities and genders of queer people have invariably been defined as ‘deviance’ and regulated through criminal justice practices in unjust ways. While deviant constructions of queer people have generally disappeared from criminology, more accurate understandings and less problematic representations of queer people are yet to fully take their place. Furthermore, while across Western nations, many of the laws impacting most prominently in unjust ways on queer people (such as sodomy laws, laws governing one’s dress, and those that failed to offer protection from hate crimes) no longer exist, many queer people continue to experience injustice within the criminal justice system (Mogul et al. 2011; Buist and Lenning 2016).

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