Disneyland and Culture: Essays on the Parks and Their Influence

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Kathy Merlock Jackson, Mark I. West
McFarland, Nov 23, 2010 - 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.

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Kathy Merlock Jackson is a communications professor and coordinator at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia. She is the editor of The Journal of American Culture and is a past president of the American Culture Association. Mark I. West is a professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, teaching children's literature and serving as associate dean for student services. He has written or edited a dozen books on children's literature and culture and is a past president of the Children's Literature Association.

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