Special Issue "The Psychosocial Implications of Disney Movies"
A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2018)
Prof. Dr. Lauren Dundes
Department of Sociology, McDaniel College, Westminster, MD 21157, USA
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Interests: race and gender intersectionality; racial and ethnic stereotypes; hypermasculinity; gender roles; assimilation; cultural factors in health care; sociology of food safety; attitudes about the functioning of the criminal justice system
The popularity of Disney children’s movies has contributed to the company’s status as a commercial juggernaut. The OED’s recognition of the word “Disneyfied,” a term denoting romanticization, speaks to Disney’s impact on children’s entertainment. These movies play an integral role in the mediascape that shapes our understanding of topics from gender, race, and class, to colonialism and imperialism. The movies’ accessibility to children through videos, DVDs as well as streaming has created a sustained demand for critical analysis of their contents.
This Special Issue invites authors to interrogate underlying themes of Disney children’s movies to provide readers with insight about cultural hegemony. Possible areas of exploration include how the identity of princesses and princes as well as heroes and villains reflects, perpetuates and influences cultural norms. The Special Issue editor invites papers ranging from theoretical approaches to empirical assessments of viewers’ perspectives. In particular, studies of how audiences interpret cultural artifacts would complement previous scholarship that generally does not include data about the meaning of the films to different demographic groups. Whether primarily theoretical or empirical, a variety of methods including sociological, socio-historical, psychological, psychoanalytic, literary, folkloristic, feminist, and interdisciplinary is welcome.Prof. Lauren Dundes
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- Disney films
- social class
- gender roles