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Queer Youth in the Province of the Severely Normal
Gloria Filax  

$97.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 5/9/2006
ISBN: 9780774812450    

$32.95 Paperback
Release Date: 1/1/2007
ISBN: 9780774812467    

200 Pages

Sexuality Studies series


About the Book

The government of Alberta in the 1990s actively contested the legal rights of sexual minority citizens. Provincial premier Ralph Klein defended this position by claiming that most Albertans, whom he characterized as "severely normal," were not in favour of recognizing homosexuality as a protected category in the provincial human rights code.

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.

This book is important because it presents the voices of queer youth, particularly in the context of expert and popular discourses that often overwhelmingly deny the value of their lives. A significant contribution to queer social science scholarship, Queer Youth in the Province of the "Severely Normal" will also be of interest to sociologists, educators, social workers, and counsellors.

About the Author(s)

Gloria Filax is an assistant professor with the Master of Arts, Integrated Studies, at Athabasca University.

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





This is a very readable book…the most comprehensive work I’ve seen that looks at how Canada—including Alberta—has traditionally left queer individuals with fewer rights and privileges than their heterosexual counterparts.
—Kevin Alderson, Alberta Views, April 2007

This book will prove to be on of the more important references for a variety of disciplines that address identity formations, including youth studies, queer studies, and critical sexualities studies... It should make people think more broadly about how youth struggle to shape identities that reflect who they are? queer or not.
-Doreen Fumia, Great Plains Research, Vol. 17, No. 2, Fall 2007

Sample Chapter

Front Matter and Chapter One

Related Topics

Gender Studies
Sexuality Studies
Gay and Lesbian Studies
Public Policy

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