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Lurking with/in Mainstream Criminologies as a Queer Criminologist: Learnings and Reflections
Purpose - This chapter ruminates on a range of different ways that the author experiences being what the author calls a "lurker" in mainstream criminologies as a queer criminologist.
Methodology/approach - Drawing on the work of Jack Halberstam, Michel Foucault, Heather Love, Sarah Ahmed, and other queer theorists, the author explores their positionality as a lurker in mainstream criminologies, and policing particular, to better understand how "[d]isciplines qualify and disqualify, legitimate and delegitimate, reward and punish" (Halberstam, 2011, p. 10), and how leaders of these disciplines make calculated decisions about who qualifies as legitimate scholars of policing knowing.
Findings - The discussion steps through some significant moments of discomfort that have emerged in lurking around with/in these disciplines, and in doing the work of queer research with queer people about queer policing.
Originality/value -The author finishes by sharing strategies and learnings that have emerged out of these research and disciplinary contexts. The author suggests that it is most valuable to continue to lurk so their position of discomfort and potential failure persists as a more productive positionality than conforming with the mainstream.
Publication titleSociology of Crime, Law and Deviance
Department/SchoolSchool of Social Sciences
PublisherEmerald Publishing Limited
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
Rights statementCopyright 2022 Angela Dwyer