Rethinking Disney: Private Control, Public Dimensions

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Rethinking Disney: Private Control, Public Dimensions


Mike Budd

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Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press

ISBN: 0819567892 (alk. paper), 9780819567895 (alk. paper),   0819567906 (pbk. : alk. paper),   9780819567901   (pbk. : alk. paper)


This is a collection of essays on Disney and his empire. The contributors cover such topics as Animal Kingdom, Gay Days at the theme parks, Disney’s connection to sweatshops, commodification of The Lion King on Broadway, the transformation of Winnie the Pooh, Disney’s experience in urban planning in Times Square and Celebration, Florida, and Disney’s America. The essays are divided into five parts, reflecting many of the current concerns of critical cultural and political- economic studies. An introduction contextualizes the essays and relates them to earlier Disney studies.

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