Warehouse Waywards: Inquiry into Identity

  • Famira Racy Mount Royal University; Adler University
Keywords: identity, normative, deviance, minority, culture, community, freedom of expression, positive space


The photograph on this cover depics people enjoying an atlernative gathering in a non 'normative' community. In non-research, informal settings, most people from these communties have expressed to this this photographer that these people gather with an unstated understanding that there are varying backgrounds, educations, beliefs, political views, sexualities and interests in the space. The common link between these people is in the gathering to express freedom to be themselves. The bodies are blurred in the photograph to (1) depict the idea that in this culture, these people are not defined by solid lines (e.g., Harms, 2013), and to (2) represent that their identities are not typically represented in normative institutions (e.g., education, health care, justice, laws, policy, religion etc.; e.g., Tilsen & Nylund (2010).

Author Biography

Famira Racy, Mount Royal University; Adler University
Famira's work intersects with science and humanities to take an interdisciplinary approach toward understanding behaviour. Famira completed her BA (Hns.) in Psychology at Mount Royal University in 2014 and now studies Industrial Organizational Psychology at Adler University.


Harms, J. (2013). Defining Desire, Dispelling Defiance: Heteronormative Language in English Language Learner’s Dictionaries. Behavioural Sciences Undergraduate Journal, 1(1), 3-14. Retrieved from http://mrujs.mtroyal.ca/index.php/bsuj/article/viewFile/55/13

Tilsen, J., & Nylund, D. (2010). Resisting normativity: Queer musings on politics, identity, and the performance of therapy. International Journal of Narrative Therapy & Community Work, 2010(3), 64. Retrieved from http://dulwichcentre.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Resisting-normativity-by-Julie-Tilsen-Dave-Nylund.pdf