The Political Economy of Disney

The Cultural Capitalism of Hollywood

Author: Alexandre Bohas

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137562382

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

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This book sheds new light on the socio-economic impact of multinational corporations. Combining Cultural Studies and International Political Economy, it provides a revealing analysis of the Walt Disney Company, and by extension the wider Hollywood studio system. It does so by examining the cultural and economic forces powering the industry's expansion, the 'civilisation' that Disney disseminates, and the various ways that societies beyond the USA have adopted facets of the Hollywood productions to which they are exposed. Identifying both the strengths and the weaknesses of these transnational firms, it demonstrates the significance of their contribution to American power and predominance.

From Mouse to Mermaid

The Politics of Film, Gender, and Culture

Author: Elizabeth Bell,Lynda Haas,Laura Sells

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253209788

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 264

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A critique of Disney's ideology

Asian Popular Culture

The Global (Dis)continuity

Author: Anthony Y.H. Fung

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134089953

Category: Social Science

Page: 274

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This book examines different aspects of Asian popular culture, including films, TV, music, comedy, folklore, cultural icons, the Internet and theme parks. It raises important questions such as – What are the implications of popularity of Asian popular culture for globalization? Do regional forces impede the globalizing of cultures? Or does the Asian popular culture flow act as a catalyst or conveying channel for cultural globalization? Does the globalization of culture pose a threat to local culture? It addresses two seemingly contradictory and yet parallel processes in the circulation of Asian popular culture: the interconnectedness between Asian popular culture and western culture in an era of cultural globalization that turns subjects such as Pokémon, Hip Hop or Cosmopolitan into truly global phenomena, and the local derivatives and versions of global culture that are necessarily disconnected from their origins in order to cater for the local market. It thereby presents a collective argument that, whilst local social formations, and patterns of consumption and participation in Asia are still very much dependent on global cultural developments and the phenomena of modernity, yet such dependence is often concretized, reshaped and distorted by the local media to cater for the local market.

Canadian Dreams and American Control

The Political Economy of the Canadian Film Industry

Author: Manjunath Pendakur

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 9780814319994

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 330

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The Political Economy of Social Security

Author: B.A. Gustafsson,N.A. Klevmarken

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 1483290646

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 253

View: 7931

In many western countries with slow economic growth and population growth the increasing cost of the social security system is a concern. The contributions in this volume address this issue from various angles, theoretically as well as empirically and also taking into account institutional conditions. This book discusses current social security policy issues and related research from a number of western countries. Papers include the following subjects: - Recent policy changes in the UK and the Federal Public of Germany - Distributional effects of social security - Public choice models of social security - Economic incentive effects of unemployment insurance and occupational pensions - The macroeconomic effects of the growth of benefits and their financing

The Political Economy of Population Ageing

Author: William A. Jackson

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing


Category: Social Science

Page: 248

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'. . . it is heartening to find a book that covers the range of issues in a comprehensive manner and also provides a very good set of references. to anyone with an interest in the topic, this volume deserves to be added to your library.' - David M. Knox, Australasian Journal on Ageing '. . . a very good book on the economic implications of population ageing, covering a wide range of recent works written on the subject.' - Pierre Pestieau, Southern Economic Journal '. . . this new book by William Jackson brings a breath of fresh air . . . the author draws on extensive literature, and presents a wide range of views, opinions and theories. This makes the book useful for both specialists, who follow closely the field, and for students and those just entering the discipline, who are in need of a text presenting a broad overview of the issues involved in population ageing. . . . this is a thought-provoking book, which offers an alternative view on the economic and social implications of population ageing, and is therefore a valuable addition to the literature on the subject.' - Nikolai Botev, European Journal of Population 'This book is very timely and meets a rising demand for knowledge about the field. It is well written and easily accessible to a wider audience, and will attract attention and shape our understanding of population economics.' - Klaus F. Zimmermann, University of Munich, Germany Population ageing has been the subject of much discussion in recent years, often expressed in alarmist language that advocates evasive policy action to avert an imminent demographic crisis. This forward-looking book evaluates the debates surrounding population ageing and offers a more optimistic outlook on its effect on the economy.

The Political Economy of Media

Enduring Issues, Emerging Dilemmas

Author: Robert Waterman McChesney

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781583671627

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 589

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"In approaching this vast topic, Gates displays disarming modesty and enthusiasm; his tone is that of a letter from a perceptive friend who can't wait to share what he's learned." -The New Yorker 12.5 million Africans were shipped to the New World during the Middle Passage. While just over 11.0 million survived the arduous journey, only about 450,000 of them arrived in the United States. The rest—over ten and a half million—were taken to the Caribbean and Latin America. This astonishing fact changes our entire picture of the history of slavery in the Western hemisphere, and of its lasting cultural impact. These millions of Africans created new and vibrant cultures, magnificently compelling syntheses of various African, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish influences. Despite their great numbers, the cultural and social worlds that they created remain largely unknown to most Americans, except for certain popular, cross-over musical forms. So Henry Louis Gates, Jr. set out on a quest to discover how Latin Americans of African descent live now, and how the countries of their acknowledge—or deny—their African past; how the fact of race and African ancestry play themselves out in the multicultural worlds of the Caribbean and Latin America. Starting with the slave experience and extending to the present, Gates unveils the history of the African presence in six Latin American countries—Brazil, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico, and Peru—through art, music, cuisine, dance, politics, and religion, but also the very palpable presence of anti-black racism that has sometimes sought to keep the black cultural presence from view. In Brazil, he delves behind the façade of Carnaval to discover how this ‘rainbow nation’ is waking up to its legacy as the world’s largest slave economy. In Cuba, he finds out how the culture, religion, politics and music of this island is inextricably linked to the huge amount of slave labor imported to produce its enormously profitable 19th century sugar industry, and how race and racism have fared since Fidel Castro’s Communist revolution in 1959. In Haiti, he tells the story of the birth of the first-ever black republic, and finds out how the slaves’s hard fought liberation over Napoleon Bonaparte’s French Empire became a double-edged sword. In Mexico and Peru, he explores the almost unknown history of the significant numbers of black people—far greater than the number brought to the United States—brought to these countries as early as the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and the worlds of culture that their descendants have created in Vera Cruz on the Gulf of Mexico, the Costa Chica region on the Pacific, and in and around Lima, Peru. Professor Gates’ journey becomes ours as we are introduced to the faces and voices of the descendants of the Africans who created these worlds. He shows both the similarities and distinctions between these cultures, and how the New World manifestations are rooted in, but distinct from, their African antecedents. “Black in Latin America” is the third instalment of Gates’s documentary trilogy on the Black Experience in Africa, the United States, and in Latin America. In America Behind the Color Line, Professor Gates examined the fortunes of the black population of modern-day America. In Wonders of the African World, he embarked upon a series of journeys to reveal the history of African culture. Now, he brings that quest full-circle in an effort to discover how Africa and Europe combined to create the vibrant cultures of Latin America, with a rich legacy of thoughtful, articulate subjects whose stories are astonishingly moving and irresistibly compelling.

The Political Economy of Information

Author: Vincent Mosco,Janet Wasko

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 9780299115746

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 334

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The "information society" is real. Information--as a marketable commodity--is quickly taking up the powerful role once held by heavy industry and manufactured products. How this revolution is affecting society, and how society and government are responding to it, is the subject of this book. Its lessons and conclusions are of critical importance as we enter the last decade of this century. Every dimension of social life, whether in the home or the workplace, is affected by information and the technologies that give it market value. Along with the positive aspects of these broad changes, there are inevitable problems: the growing gap between the "information rich" and "information poor," the need for widespread access to communication and information technology, the threat to individual privacy, and the potential of the technology to create global instabilities. The editors have enlisted specialists and scholars in business, communications studies, computing and information science, economics, law, library science, political science, and sociology to examine these changes and problems by looking at information specifically as a commodity to be traded, protected, and desired.

Vinyl Leaves

Walt Disney World and America

Author: Stephen M. Fjellman

Publisher: N.A


Category: Social Science

Page: 492

View: 3831

it as well as for the world of late capitalism, where the commodity form has colonized much of human life. With brilliant technological legerdemain, Disney puts visitors into cinematically structured stories in which pieces of American and world culture become ideological tokens in arguments in favor of commodification and techno-corporate control. Culture is construed as spirit, colonialism and entrepreneurial violence as exotic zaniness, and the Other as child.

Can We Afford to Grow Older?

A Perspective on the Economics of Aging

Author: Richard Disney

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262041577

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 344

View: 5136

On aging, and its affect on Society.

Native Tours

The Anthropology of Travel and Tourism, Second Edition

Author: Erve Chambers

Publisher: Waveland Press

ISBN: 1478608285

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 140

View: 7607

The original edition of Native Tours provided a much-needed overview and analysis of anthropologys contributions to tourism as an emerging field of study. Such a cultural perspective illuminated key ideas surrounding worldwide host-guest relationships and the impacts, both negative and positive, of tourism as one of the worlds largest industries. Applying a characteristically uncluttered, authoritative writing style alongside an exceptional command of the relevant literature, Chambers updates, refines, and extends the original concise work. He identifies new or refashioned trends such as green tourism, community-based tourism, heritage and cultural tourism, and domestic tourism in developing nations, as well as discusses how local prejudices influence and often distort views of tourism. Three detailed case studies originating in the American Southwest, the Tirolean Alps, and Belize illustrate the social, cultural, economic, political, and environmental costs and benefits of tourism.

The Arrogance of American Power

What U.S. Leaders are Doing Wrong and why It's Our Duty to Dissent

Author: Nancy Snow

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742553743

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 249

View: 3659

Looks at anti-Americanism, the questioning and dissent at the heart of democracy as well as US propaganda and how US administrations and media often focus on projecting a better image rather than addressing the issues behind why the US image is so poor.

Copyright and Popular Media

Liberal Villains and Technological Change

Author: T. Cvetkovski

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137024607

Category: Social Science

Page: 299

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Copyright governance is in a state of flux because the boundaries between legal and illegal consumption have blurred. Trajce Cvetkovski interrogates the disorganizational effects of piracy and emerging technologies on the political economy of copyright in popular music, film and gaming industries.

How Hollywood Works

Author: Janet Wasko

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761968146

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 248

View: 4597

This volume details the processes involved in turning raw materials and labour into feature films. Janet Wasko surveys and critiques the policies and structure of the current United States film industry, as well as its relationships to other media industries.

Social insurance in transition

an economic analysis

Author: John Creedy,Richard Disney

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198772279

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 242

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This treatment of the economics of social security examines the aims and operations of state social security systems, concentrating on the social "insurance" systems--pensions, unemployment, and sickness insurance. The authors analyze the rationale for a social insurance system, the appropriate level of state intervention, and the criteria used to judge a system's performance. The recent literature on the economic theory of insurance and on the labor supply, alternative methods of finance, and income reditribution is thoroughly discussed.

Disney Discourse

Producing the Magic Kingdom

Author: Eric Loren Smoodin

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415906166

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 270

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Hirohito and his Mickey Mouse watch, Goofy and Donald as our "Goodwill Ambassadors:" Disney Discourse is an interdisciplinary examination of the founder and his empire. These essays use an interdisciplinary approach to read through Disney's domestic cultural production "innocent" national icons, as well as theme parks, cartoons and television to analyze the global impact of American popular culture, the politics of Disney, and the complex reception Disney productions have received around the world. The Disney corporation's ever-increasing visibility the opening of Euro Disney and new stores in malls and vast influence over global culture demands critical attention not only in film and television studies, but in international diplomacy, architecture, economics and other related fields. Disney Discourse consolidates the best of the current work on Disney and provides a representative sample of past analyses of the Disney empire. Contributors: Julianne Burton-Carvajal, Lisa Cartwright, Brian Goldfarb, Richard deCordova, Douglas Gomery, David Kunzle, Jon Lewis, Moya Luckett, Richard Neupert, Susan Ohmer, José Piedra, Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto, Alexander Wilson.

The Political Economy of Pension Reform in Central-Eastern Europe

Author: Katharina Müller

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing


Category: Political Science

Page: 222

View: 5040

'This book presents a fine and original comparative institutional analysis of pension reform in three Central-Eastern European countries: Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic. This analysis is introduced by an examination of alternative models of design choices and policy blueprints, that is based on both theoretical insights and the experience of Western Europe and Latin America. Particularly interesting and convincing is the presentation of the role of Welfare Ministries and Finance Ministries in pension reform proposals and action and the role of budget deficits in determining the relative weight of the two constituencies.' - Bruno Dallago, European Association for Comparative Economic Studies and University of Trento, Italy 'I consider Ms Müller's study a most valuable and original contribution to the literature. Although pension reform is discussed all over the world presently, no comprehensive analysis for the transition countries is available. Ms Müller's study fills this gap . . . the presentation is concise and readable.' - Hans Jürgen Wagener, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany This highly topical book focuses on a particularly interesting area of post-1989 social policy. Existing public pension systems in Central-Eastern Europe underwent fundamental change as Latin-American style pension reforms were adopted. Such radical change in retirement provision defied conventional wisdom among scholars of the political economy of pension reform, suggesting a need for fresh research. This unique study accepts the challenge, focusing on the divergent pension reform experiences of Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic.