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NCJ Number: 220955 Find in a Library
Title: Invisible Minorities: Challenging Community and Neighbourhood Models of Policing
Journal: Criminology & Criminal Justice: An International Journal  Volume:7  Issue:4  Dated:November 2007  Pages:417-441
Author(s): Leslie J. Moran
Date Published: November 2007
Page Count: 25
Type: Case Study
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This article explores the challenges that non-normative sexualities, in particular lesbian and gay generate for community and neighborhood models and practices of policing.
Abstract: All the case studies explored offer different instances of the enduring challenge of policing in an age of diversity and provide an opportunity to reflect on police and community responses both past, present, and future. While non-normative sexual communities (gay and lesbian) are often represented as sometimes in opposition to and always relatively remote from the institutions of policing and security, the reflections on common assumptions and misconceptions of the nature of violence point to shared assumptions and expectations. The suggestion here is that these work to sustain an idea of community and neighborhood or more specifically an idea of community where the division between good and evil, truth and falsity is simplified and sentimentalized. Through a series of reflections arising out of a number of encounters with lesbians and gay men, the police, policymakers, and activists, this article explores challenges that non-normative sexualities, in particular lesbian and gay generate for community and neighborhood models and practices of policing in England and Wales. These encounters occurred over a 5-year period in several different geographical and institutional locations. Notes, references
Main Term(s): Homosexuality-crime relationships
Index Term(s): England; Homosexuality; Minorities; Police effectiveness; Police-citizen interactions; Wales
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