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Arvind Narrain

In: Challenging the Rule(s) of Law: Colonialism, Criminology and Human Rights in India

Chapter 3: ‘That Despicable Specimen of Humanity’: Policing of Homosexuality in India

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‘That Despicable Specimen of Humanity’: Policing of Homosexuality in India
‘That despicable specimen of humanity’: Policing of homosexuality in India
ArvindNarrain
Introduction: Of Nuts, Sluts and Perverts

Queer theory is suggesting that the study of homosexuality should not be a study of a minority—the making of the lesbian/gay/bisexual subject—but the study of those knowledges and social practices that organize ‘society’ as a whole by sexualizing—heterosexualizing or homosexualizing—bodies, desires, acts, identities, social relations, knowledges, culture and social institutions.

Steven Siedman1

What is unique about criminology, indeed its defining characteristic is ‘the central question of the causes of crime and the ultimate focus on the offender…. It is this defining characteristic I wish to take issue with here. Arguably it is this which creates a kind of vortex in this area of ...

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