Disneyland And Culture

Author: Kathy Merlock Jackson
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786487453
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Disneyland And Culture from the Author: Kathy Merlock Jackson. "These essays explore the far-reaching ideology unleashed by Disneyland, the world's first permanent, commercially viable theme park. Topics include Disney's role in the creation of children's architecture; Frontierland as an allegorical map of the American West; the "cultural invasion of France" in Disneyland Paris; the politics of nostalgia; and "hyperurbanity" in the town of Celebration, Florida"--Provided by publisher.

Walt S Utopia

Author: Priscilla Hobbs
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476622132
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Walt S Utopia from the Author: Priscilla Hobbs. The "Happiest Place on Earth" opened in 1955 during a trying time in American life--the Cold War. Disneyland was envisioned as a utopian resort where families could play together and escape the tension of the "real world." Since its construction, the park has continually been updated to reflect changing American culture. The park's themed features are based on familiar Disney stories and American history and folklore. They reflect the hopes of a society trying to understand itself in the wake of World War II. This book takes a fresh look at the park, analyzing its cultural narrative by looking beyond consumerism and corporate marketing to how Disney helped America cope during the Cold War and beyond.

Popular Culture In The Age Of White Flight

Author: Eric Avila
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520241215
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Popular Culture In The Age Of White Flight from the Author: Eric Avila. "In Popular Culture in the Age of White Flight, Eric Avila offers a unique argument about the restructuring of urban space in the two decades following World War II and the role played by new suburban spaces in dramatically transforming the political culture of the United States. Avila's work helps us see how and why the postwar suburb produced the political culture of 'balanced budget conservatism' that is now the dominant force in politics, how the eclipse of the New Deal since the 1970s represents not only a change of views but also an alteration of spaces."—George Lipsitz, author of The Possessive Investment in Whiteness

Klezmer S Afterlife

Author: Magdalena Waligorska
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199995796
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Klezmer S Afterlife from the Author: Magdalena Waligorska. Author Magdalena Waligorska offers not only a documentation of the klezmer revival in two of its European headquarters (KrakĂłw and Berlin), but also an analysis of the Jewish / non-Jewish encounter it generates.

Popular Culture In The Age Of White Flight

Author: Eric Avila
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520939714
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Popular Culture In The Age Of White Flight from the Author: Eric Avila. Los Angeles pulsed with economic vitality and demographic growth in the decades following World War II. This vividly detailed cultural history of L.A. from 1940 to 1970 traces the rise of a new suburban consciousness adopted by a generation of migrants who abandoned older American cities for Southern California's booming urban region. Eric Avila explores expressions of this new "white identity" in popular culture with provocative discussions of Hollywood and film noir, Dodger Stadium, Disneyland, and L.A.'s renowned freeways. These institutions not only mirrored this new culture of suburban whiteness and helped shape it, but also, as Avila argues, reveal the profound relationship between the increasingly fragmented urban landscape of Los Angeles and the rise of a new political outlook that rejected the tenets of New Deal liberalism and anticipated the emergence of the New Right. Avila examines disparate manifestations of popular culture in architecture, art, music, and more to illustrate the unfolding urban dynamics of postwar Los Angeles. He also synthesizes important currents of new research in urban history, cultural studies, and critical race theory, weaving a textured narrative about the interplay of space, cultural representation, and identity amid the westward shift of capital and culture in postwar America.

Myth Media And Culture In Star Wars

Author: Douglas Brode
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 0810885123
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Myth Media And Culture In Star Wars from the Author: Douglas Brode. Collects essays examining the influence of the science fiction films on such popular culture themes as fairy tales and comics.

Once Upon An American Dream

Author: Andrew Lainsbury
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Once Upon An American Dream from the Author: Andrew Lainsbury. Branded a "cultural Chernobyl" and the "tragic kingdom," the Euro Disney Resort has been on its own thrill ride since opening in 1992. The much publicized version of the Magic Kingdom gave Europeans alcohol-free "mocktails," surly employees, even colors too muted for the Disney image. Facing financial disaster, was it any wonder that Disney execs found themselves wishing upon a star for answers? After so many knee-jerk criticisms of Euro Disney, this book combines firsthand experience and research to shed new light on claims that the park is nothing more than a form of American cultural imperialism. Andrew Lainsbury, a former Euro Disney employee who knows what the park meant to its visitors, goes beyond media bites and academic scorn to examine Europe's love/hate relationship with Euro Disneyland and some of the undiscussed issues surrounding it. Once Upon an American Dream is a story of global capitalism on a grand scale. Lainsbury has plumbed company archives and interviewed key players to give readers the real view from Le Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant (Sleeping Beauty's Castle). He cracks open the Euro Disney controversy to reveal the park not as a tragic experiment in exporting American culture but the result of European efforts to import a popular form of American entertainment. Lainsbury tells how the Walt Disney Company came to build a European park and locate it in France, how political negotiations affected its design and development, how it was promoted to continental audiences, and what caused its widely publicized financial woes before being rescued by a real prince from Saudi Arabia. He reveals what it took to win back the hearts of skeptical Europeans—such as serving wine, selling flashy merchandise, and placating disgruntled workers. Finally, he looks into the magic mirror to speculate on the role of Euro Disney and the Walt Disney Company in the twenty-first century. Ultimately, Lainsbury shows that cultural imperialism is not an exclusively American phenomenon but a global corporate strategy—and that global corporatism, by needing to be responsive to consumers, is so complex that it may not be as monolithic as feared. Once Upon an American Dream is a fairy tale for our times, reminding us that, for all the critical huffing and puffing, the creation and marketing of pleasure is what Euro Disneyland is all about.

As Seen On Tv

Author: Karal Ann Marling
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674048836
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As Seen On Tv from the Author: Karal Ann Marling. An examination of everyday objects and cultural trends as portrayed on television looks at American life and values in the 1950s.

True Stories From The American Past

Author: Altina Laura Waller
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities, Social Sciences & World Languages
ISBN: 9780070230156
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True Stories From The American Past from the Author: Altina Laura Waller.

Inside The Mouse

Author: Project on Disney
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822316244
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Inside The Mouse from the Author: Project on Disney. This entertaining and playful book views Disney World as much more than the site of an ideal family vacation. Blending personal meditations, interviews, photographs, and cultural analysis, Inside the Mouse looks at Disney World's architecture and design, its consumer practices, and its use of Disney characters and themes. This book takes the reader on an alternative ride through "the happiest place on earth" while asking "What makes this forty-three-square-mile theme park the quintessential embodiment of American leisure?" Turning away from the programmed entertainment that Disney presents, the authors take a peek behind the scenes of everyday experience at Disney World. In their consideration of the park as both private corporate enterprise and public urban environment, the authors focus on questions concerning the production and consumption of leisure. Featuring over fifty photographs and interviews with workers that strip "cast members" of their cartoon costumes, this captivating work illustrates the high-pressure dynamics of the typical family vacation as well as a tour of Disney World that looks beyond the controlled facade of themed attractions. As projects like EuroDisney and the proposed Disney America test the strength of the Disney cultural monolith, Inside the Mouse provides a timely assessment of the serious business of supplying pleasure in contemporary U.S. culture. Written for the general reader interested in the many worlds of Disney, this engrossing volume will also find fans among students and scholars of cultural studies.