Discipline and Pleasure: The pedagogical work of Disneyland
Disneyland is work disguised as play; school disguised as vacation. While Walt Disney's curriculum deploys across all of its products, it literally engulfs the approximately 50 million 'guests' who visit the Disney Parks each year. Drawing on Sarah Ahmed's phenomenological reading of orientation in Queer phenomenology, this article investigates the ways in which Disney's didacticism is made material through practices and procedures designed to orient the park's visitors, to ensure that those visitors always know where they are and who they are, as a means of educating 'good' citizens. The argument focuses not on Disneyland's narrative curriculum but on its corporeal one: visitors are enticed to make affective investments, to construct or reconstruct their identities to comply with the Disney version of the ideal American worker and consumer, as the park attempts to reorient those who resist those roles.
Finke, Laurie A. and Aronstein, Susan L., "Discipline and Pleasure: The pedagogical work of Disneyland" (2013). Educational Philosophy and Theory 45(6): 610-624. Faculty Publications. Paper 11.
Educational Philosophy and Theory