In vivid detail, Sammond describes how the latest thinking about human development was translated into the practice of child-rearing and how magazines and parenting manuals characterized the child as the crucible of an ideal American culture. He chronicles how Walt Disney Productions’ greatest creation—the image of Walt Disney himself—was made to embody evolving ideas of what was best for the child and for society. Bringing popular child-rearing manuals, periodicals, advertisements, and mainstream sociological texts together with the films, tv programs, ancillary products, and public relations materials of Walt Disney Productions, Babes in Tomorrowland reveals a child that was as much the necessary precursor of popular media as the victim of its excesses.
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About the Author
Nicholas Sammond is Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto. He is the editor of Steel Chair to the Head: The Pleasure and Pain of Professional Wrestling, also published by Duke University Press.
Table of ContentsAcknowledgments ix
Introduction: The Child 1
1. Disney Makes Disney 25
2. Making a Manageable Child 81
3. In Middletown 135
4. America’s True-Life Adventure 195
5. Raising the Natural Child 247
6. Disney Maps the Frontier 300
Conclusion: The Child as Victim of Commodities 357