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Queer (In)Justice: Mapping New Gay (Scholarly) Agendas

25 Pages Posted: 4 May 2012  

Giovanna Shay

affiliation not provided to SSRN

J. Kelly Strader

Southern University

Date Written: 2012


The 2011 book Queer (In)Justice surveys involvement of sexual minorities in all phases of the what the authors term the "criminal legal system." It examines the treatment of LGBTQ people as criminal defendants, victims, and prisoners. Queer (In)Justice moves beyond the typical focus of gay rights activists and scholars in the criminal law area to address the everyday treatment of LGBTQ people by police, prosecutors, courts, and corrections authorities. Relying heavily on prison abolitionist movement thinking, the book calls into question reliance on criminal punishment as a means of combating violence against LGBTQ people. Although largely anecdotal, and sometimes over-heated in its rhetoric, Queer (In)Justice succeeds in constructing a compelling narrative and mapping out largely uncharted territory. This Review provides an overview and critique of Queer (In)Justice, situating the book within current legal scholarship. The Review then suggests topics for further research in this developing area, taking account of recent developments in the LGBTQ rights movement.

Keywords: LGBTQ, criminal legal system, prisoners, victims, defendants, gay rights, sexual minorities

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Shay, Giovanna and Strader, J. Kelly, Queer (In)Justice: Mapping New Gay (Scholarly) Agendas (2012). Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Vol. 102, p. 171, 2012; Western New England University School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-7. Available at SSRN:

Giovanna E. Shay (Contact Author)

affiliation not provided to SSRN

J. Kelly Strader

Southern University

United States

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