This book surveys the growing field of Queer Criminology. It reflects on its origins, reviews its foundational research and scholarship and offers suggestions for future directions. Moreover, this book emphasizes the importance of Queer Criminology in the field and the need to move LGBTQ+ issues from the margins to the center of criminological research. Core content includes:
• Contested definitions of and conceptual frameworks for Queer Criminology
• The criminalization of queerness and gender identity in historical and contemporary context
• The relationship between LGBTQ+ communities and law enforcement
• The impact of legislation and court decisions on LGBTQ+ communities
• The experiences of queer victims and offenders under correctional supervision
This revised and updated edition includes new developments in theory and research, further coverage of international issues and a new chapter on victimization and offending. It is essential reading for those engaged with queer, critical, and feminist criminologies, gender studies, diversity, and criminal justice.
Table of Contents
1.Queer(ing) Criminology 2.Criminalizing Queerness 3.Queer Criminology at the Intersections: Victimization and Offending 4.Queer Criminology and Law Enforcement 5.Queer Criminology and Legal Systems 6.Queer Criminology and Corrections 7.Future Directions in Queer Criminology
Carrie L. Buist is Associate Professor at Grand Valley State University’s School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Legal Studies. Dr. Buist has been published in several notable journals such as Critical Criminology, University of Richmond Law Review, Crime and Justice, and Culture, Health, and Sexuality. Dr. Buist, along with Queer Criminology, has edited, with Lindsay K. Semprevivo, Queering Criminology in Theory and Praxis: Re-imagining Justice in the Criminal Legal System and Beyond. Dr. Buist has been recognized for her contributions to the discipline with multiple awards in research, teaching, and mentoring.
Emily Lenning is Professor of Criminal Justice at Fayetteville State University. Her publications cover a diverse range of topics, from state-sanctioned violence against women to queer experiences in the criminal legal system to creative advances in pedagogy. Her accomplishments in and out of the classroom have been recognized by several awards, including the 2017–2018 UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 2016 Book Award from the American Society of Criminology’s Division on Critical Criminology & Social Justice, for the first edition of this book.
The field of Queer Criminology is evolving quickly, as our knowledge about the nuance and complexity of gender and sexuality continues to grow. Research in this area has exploded since the publication of the first edition of Queer Criminology, and the second edition provides an important update to our knowledge as we continue to "queer" criminology and embark upon the process of centering a field that was once marginalized.
Christina DeJong, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University
Queer Criminology broke new ground by providing an accessible introduction to the field; it quickly became a foundational text. The authors bring a crucial focus on intersectionality in this second edition as they engage with recent scholarship to present contemporary debates in the discipline and deepen their analysis and recommendations.
Aimee Wodda, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Law and Society, Pacific University
The world changed quickly and Buist and Lenning responded with this exceptionally approachable and timely new edition that is sure to remain a cornerstone text. Queer Criminology expands its intersectional scope and brings in the latest on queer victimization and offending, newly emerging political contexts, and developments in theory and practice.
Xavier Guadalupe-Diaz, Associate Professor of Sociology, Framingham State University