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Queering Paradigms II

Interrogating Agendas


Edited By Bee Scherer and Matthew Ball

This book offers a fundamental challenge to a variety of theoretical, social, and political paradigms, ranging from law and justice studies to popular culture, linguistics to political activism.
Developing the intellectual project initiated in Queering Paradigms, this volume extends queer theorizing in challenging new directions and uses queer insights to explore, trouble, and interrogate the social, political, and intellectual agendas that pervade (and are often taken for granted within) public discourses and academic disciplines.
The contributing authors include queer theorists, socio-linguists, sociologists, political activists, educators, social workers and criminologists. Together, they contribute not only to the ongoing process of theorizing queerly, but also to the critique and reformulation of their respective disciplines.


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PART VI Policing, Violence and Justice Sharon Hayes and Angela Dwyer Queer Cops in Queensland: Exploring LGBTIQ Narrative Histories in the Queensland Police Service Introduction Histories of LGBTIQ police of ficers are silent narratives in an interna- tional context. Their lifestyle choices have been criminalized during various periods in recent history, typically resulting in lives lived under the cover of silence. While the work of some Australian historians (Moore 2001) demonstrates how LGBTIQ people have been unfairly treated by criminal justice processes, contemporary debates in the scholarly literature suggests there has been little acknowledgement of discrimination or persecution. Thus, even though history suggests that it was “a nationally agreed policy by police forces that homosexuality was a problem to be targeted” (Wil- lett 2008: 120), the experiences of LGBTIQ of ficers have not as yet been mapped in Australia. This chapter reports on a narrative project recording the experiences of LGBTIQ former and current police of ficers in the Queensland Police Service (QPS), Australia. It begins by examining the historical and research contexts of LGBTIQ police of ficers, followed by a discussion of the meth- odology employed for the project. The chapter then examines and analyzes key themes emerging from the data about coming out, macho police cul- ture, and the double life syndrome often experienced by LGBTIQ police of ficers. Finally, it suggests that further research might uncover a more widespread application of these findings. 278 Sharon Hayes and Angela Dwyer The Historical Context Historically, the lives of LGBTIQ...

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