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Disney, Culture, and Curriculum (Hardcover)
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A presence for decades in individuals’ everyday life practices and identity formation, the Disney Corporation has more recently also become an influential element within the "big" curriculum of public and private spaces in proximity to formal educational institutions. The Disney Curriculum explores the myriad ways that Disney’s curricula and pedagogies manifest in public consciousness, cultural discourse, 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 schooling and popular culture in the United States and beyond.
The contributors engage with the Disney curriculum 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,The Disney 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.