Scrutinising ‘digiqueer’ criminology – Associate Professor Angela Dwyer, Associate Professor Matthew Ball and Dr Justin Ellis discuss ‘Policing Legitimacy: Social media, Scandal and Sexual Citizenship’, a new monograph by Dr Justin Ellis

Dr Justin Ellis2, Associate Professor Matthew Ball 3

2University of Newcastle, 3Queensland University of Technology

In this critic meets author session, Associate Professor Angela Dwyer, Associate Professor Matthew Ball and Dr Justin Ellis discuss the focus of Ellis’ recently published monograph on the impact of digital media technologies on police-LGBTQI relations and directions for future research into ‘digiqueer’ criminology.

Associate Professor Angela Dwyer, Associate Professor Matthew Ball and Dr Justin Ellis

About the book
The use and governance of digital media technologies continues to radically alter social relations. This book assesses developments in the impact of digital media technologies on power relations between the police and a socially and politically well-organized lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) community. It provides a comprehensive analysis of a viral media case of police excessive force filmed by a bystander and uploaded to YouTube and its effect on operational and institutional police responses to the exposure of police transgression. The book goes further, by considering the impact of the mutual constitution and contestation of police narratives through social media, mainstream media, and police media through the ‘social media test’. This test interrogates the technological, political and legal frameworks that govern the relationships between the police and LGBTQI communities in Australia and beyond. The book addresses not only the immediate impact generated directly through social media, but also the longer-term impact on police legitimacy and accountability within a community whose political status cannot be taken for granted. The program of research detailed in this book is committed to establishing new theoretical approaches and programs of research into ‘digiqueer’ criminology.


Angela Dwyer is a senior lecturer at the School of Justice, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology. Her research focus is lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people’s experiences with criminal justice systems, particularly policing, and young people, policing, and crime prevention. She has completed research projects on LGBTI police
liaison programs, an evaluation of Police-Citizens Youth Clubs, the narrative histories of LGBT police officers, and LGBT young people and interactions with police. She is a co-author (with Sharon Hayes and Belinda Carpenter) of Sex, Crime and Morality (2011).

Dr Justin Ellis is a lecturer in Criminology at the University of Newcastle, Australia. His research examines the impact of digital media technologies on trust in public institutions. His current focus is the scrutiny of public order policing through sousveillance within the LGBTQ community in Sydney. His broader research focus is on the impact of digital technologies on institutional accountability and responsible government. Justin is the editor-in-chief of Current Issues in Criminal Justice, the journal of the Sydney Institute of Criminology.

Dr Matthew Ball is an Associate Professor in the School of Justice, QUT, and a member of the QUT Centre for Justice. His research explores the intersections between sexuality, gender, and criminal justice, and he is a foundational scholar in the field of queer criminology. Mathew is the author of Criminology and Queer Theory: Dangerous Bedfellows? (2016, Palgrave) and is the 2021 recipient of the Western Society of Criminology’s Richard Tewksbury Award for significant contributions to research at the intersections of sexuality, crime, and justice.


Dec 08 2021