‘Leaving Normal’: Constructing the Family at the Movies and in Law

NEW PERSPECTIVES ON DEVIANCE: THE CONSTRUCTION OF DEVIANCE IN EVERYDAY LIFE, pp. 163-179, Lori G. Beaman, ed., Prentice Hall, 2000

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Rebecca Johnson

University of Victoria - Faculty of Law

Date Written: June 1, 2000

Abstract

This paper explores the ways “normal” and “deviant” families are constructed, both in popular culture and in law. From popular culture, I examine the movie “Leaving Normal”, and from law, the judgments of the Supreme Court of Canada in Mossop v. Canada. I argue that, within both popular culture and law, one encounters counter-hegemonic moments, where the discourses suggest room for thinking about how the concepts of normalcy and deviance apply to life within the family.

Keywords: family, discourse, law, movies, sexual orientation

Suggested Citation

Johnson, Rebecca, ‘Leaving Normal’: Constructing the Family at the Movies and in Law (June 1, 2000). NEW PERSPECTIVES ON DEVIANCE: THE CONSTRUCTION OF DEVIANCE IN EVERYDAY LIFE, pp. 163-179, Lori G. Beaman, ed., Prentice Hall, 2000 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1619086

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