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Queer Youth in the Province of the "Severely Normal"

Gloria Filax explores how youth identities have been constructed through dominant and often competing discourses about youth, sexuality, and gender, and how queer youth in the province of Alberta negotiated the contradictions of these discourses. She juxtaposes the voices of queer young people in Alberta with discourses that claim expert knowledge about young people’s lives. She also explores what queer youth have to say about their lives in relation to renditions of homosexuality from the Alberta Report, a weekly magazine published in the 1990s that, despite its fiscal marginality, had significant impact on social values in Alberta.

200 pages

Sexuality Stud

Table of Contents



1 Gendering: Troubled Theories, Troubling Identities

2 Production and Consumption of Youth Identity

3 Social/Legal Production of Sexual Minorities in Canada

4 Queer Identities and Strange Representations in the Province of the Severely Normal




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