Disney, Culture, and Curriculum

Disney, Culture, and Curriculum

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A presence for decades in individuals' everyday life practices and identity formation, the Walt Disney Company has more recently also become an influential element within the "big" curriculum of public and private spaces outside of yet in proximity to formal educational institutions. Disney, Culture, and Curriculum explores the myriad ways that Disney's curricula and pedagogies manifest in public consciousness, cultural discourses, and the education system. Examining Disney's historical development and contemporary manifestations, this book critiques and deconstructs its products and perspectives while providing insight into Disney's operations within popular culture and everyday life in the United States and beyond. The contributors engage with Disney's curricula and pedagogies in a variety of ways, through critical analysis of Disney films, theme parks, and planned communities, how Disney has been taught and resisted both in and beyond schools, ways in which fans and consumers develop and negotiate their identities with their engagement with Disney, and how race, class, gender, sexuality, and consumerism are constructed through Disney content. Incisive, comprehensive, and highly interdisciplinary, Disney, Culture, and Curriculum extends the discussion of popular culture as curriculum and pedagogy into new avenues by focusing on the affective and ontological aspects of identity development as well as the commodification of social and cultural identities, experiences, and subjectivities.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 290 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 17.78mm | 521g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 5 black & white halftones, 7 black & white line drawings
  • 1138957682
  • 9781138957688
  • 1,238,324

About Jennifer A. Sandlin

Jennifer A. Sandlin is Associate Professor in the Justice and Social Inquiry program in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University, USA. Julie C. Garlen is Associate Professor of Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Georgia Southern University, USA.show more

Table of contents

Foreword Shirley R. Steinberg Preface Acknowledgements Panning the Field: Museum Placard Jorge Lucero Panning the Field B Jorge Lucero Chapter 1: Introduction: Feeling Disney, Buying Disney, Being Disney Jennifer A. Sandlin, Arizona State University Julie Garlen Maudlin, Georgia Southern University Part I: Feeling Disney: Disney Fears and Fantasies Panning the Field C Jorge Lucero Chapter 2: waltdisneyconfessions@tumblr: Narrative, Subjectivity, and Reading Online Spaces of Confession Tasha Ausman, University of Ottawa Linda Radford, University of Ottawa Chapter 3: Practical Pigs and Other Instrumental Animals: Public Pedagogies of Laborious Pleasure in Disney Productions Jake Burdick, Purdue University Chapter 4: "This Is No Ordinary Apple": Learning to Fail Spectacularly from the Queer Pedagogy of Disney's Diva Villains Mark Helmsing, University of Wyoming Chapter 5: The Postfeminist Princess: Public Discourse and Disney's Curricular Guide to Feminism Michael Macaluso, Michigan State University Chapter 6: "The Illusion of Life": Nature in the Animated Disney Curriculum Caleb Steindam, Loyola University Chicago Part II: Buying Disney: Commodified, Caricatured, and Contested Subjectivities Panning the Field D Jorge Lucero Chapter 7: I Dream of a Disney World: Exploring Language, Curriculum, and Public Pedagogy in Brazil's Middle-Class Playground Sandro Barros, Michigan State University Chapter 8: If It Quacks Like a Duck... : The Classist Curriculum of Disney's Reality Television Shows Robin Redmon Wright, Penn State Harrisburg Chapter 9: Deliriumland: Disney and the Simulation of Utopia Jason J. Wallin, University of Alberta Chapter 10: Camp Disney: Consuming Queer Sensibilities, Commodifying the Normative Will Letts, Charles Sturt University Chapter 11: Black Feminist Thought and Disney's Paradoxical Representation of Black Girlhood in Doc McStuffins Rachel Alicia Griffin, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale Part III: Being Disney: Freedom, Participation, and Control Panning the Field E Jorge Lucero Chapter 12: On the Count of Three-Magic, New Knowledge, and Learning at Walt Disney World George J. Bey, III, Millsaps College Chapter 13: Disneyfied/ized Participation in the Art Museum Nadine M. Kalin, University of North Texas Chapter 14: The Corseted Curriculum: Four Feminist Readings of a Strong Disney Princess Annette Furo, University of Ottawa Nichole Grant, University of Ottawa Pamela Rogers, University of Ottawa Kelsey Catherine Schmitz, University of Ottawa Chapter 15: A New Dimension of Disney Magic: MyMagic+ and Controlled Leisure Gabriel S. Huddleston, Texas Christian University Julie Garlen Maudlin, Georgia Southern University Jennifer A. Sandlin, Arizona State University Chapter 16: Consuming Innocence: Disney's Corporate Stranglehold on Youth in the Digital Age Henry A. Giroux, McMaster Universityshow more