This expanded and revised edition of Henry Giroux's highly acclaimed book explores and updates the cultural politics of the Walt Disney Company and how its ever-expanding list of products, services, and media function as teaching machines that shape children's culture into a largely commercial endeavor. In addition to updates throughout the book, this edition includes a new discussion of Disney's shift in marketing strategies targeting teens and tweens, a new chapter about globalization and Disney's empire, and a new chapter on Disney and national security after 9/11.
Henry A. Giroux is the well-known author of many books and articles on society, education, and political culture. He is the Global Television Network Chair in English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University. Grace Pollock recently completed her doctoral degree at McMaster University and a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Western Ontario. Her ongoing research interests include cultural and media studies, historical formations of the public sphere, social policy, and community development.
1 Introduction: Disney's Troubled Utopia 2 1. Disney and the Politics of Public Culture 3 2. Learning with Disney: From Baby Einstein to High School Musical 4 3. Children's Culture and Disney's Animated Films 5 4. Disney, Militarization, and the National Security State After 9/11 6 5. Globalizing the Disney Empire 7 Conclusion: Turning the World into a Disney Store 8 Student Study Guide