Disneyland and Culture: Essays on the Parks and Their Influence

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Mark I. West
McFarland, Aug 26, 2016 - Social Science - 240 pages
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The success of Disneyland as the world’s first permanent, commercially viable theme park sparked the creation of a number of other parks throughout the world, from Florida to Japan, France, and Hong Kong. But the impact of Disneyland is not confined to the theme park arena. These essays explore a far-reaching ideology. Among the topics are 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. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

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Kathy Merlock Jackson is a professor of communication at Virginia Wesleyan College, where she teaches media studies and children’s culture. She is the editor of The Journal of American Culture and a former president of the American Culture Association. Mark I. West is chair of the English department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has written or edited a dozen books on children’s literature and culture and is a former president of the Children’s Literature Association.

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