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    Queer necropolitics and the expanding carceral state: interrogating sexual investments in punishment

    Lamble, Sarah (2013) Queer necropolitics and the expanding carceral state: interrogating sexual investments in punishment. Law and Critique 24 (3), pp. 229-253. ISSN 0957-8536.

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    This article examines the changing relationship between sexual politics and the carceral state. While sexual and gender nonconforming people have been historically punished for transgressing social norms, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists in Europe and North America have begun to invest in the state punishment of others. Whether supporting hate crime legislation, calling for more police in gentrifying neighborhoods, or participating in police recruitment campaigns, organisations that formerly fought against criminalisation trends now actively support expanding forms of state violence and punishment. Focussing on examples from the British and US context—and drawing from the concept of ‘queer necropolitics’—this article considers how the carceral state has shifted from a key target of queer protest to celebrated guardian of sexual citizenship. Arguing that this process constitutes more than just another story of queer assimilation and co-optation, the article suggests this shift reflects a deeper reconfiguration of sexual politics, where citizenship norms and practices are increasingly infused with a chillingly punitive and deathly logic.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Biopolitics, Hate crime, Necropolitics, Prisons, Punishment, Queer theory, Racism, Sexual citizenship, Sexuality
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2013 07:09
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:06


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