‘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
21 Pages Posted: 2 Jun 2010
Date Written: June 1, 2000
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
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