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Babes in Tomorrowland: Walt Disney and the Making of the American Child, 1930-1960


reviewed by Amy M. Damico — 2006

coverTitle: Babes in Tomorrowland: Walt Disney and the Making of the American Child, 1930-1960
Author(s): Nicholas Sammond
Publisher: Duke University Press, Durham
ISBN: 0822334631, Pages: 472, Year: 2005
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The term child is broadly generic and sometimes serves to erase or obscure important social differences and similarities between persons, some of whom are children, some of whom are not. (p. 3) So begins Babes in Tomorrowland: Walt Disney and the Making of the American Child, 1930–1960, Nicholas Sammond’s (2005) exploration of the complex symbiotic relationship between the evolving conception of the American child and the creation, distribution, consumption, and reproduction of Walt Disney company products. In his extensively researched book, Sammond demonstrates how the Walt Disney Company used the evolving modern conceptions of what a child should be to cultivate its success and to position itself as wholesome family entertainment.  He additionally notes how the public responded to these texts in ways that furthered society’s own thoughts and characterizations of childhood.  Babes in Tomorrowland also provides a historical exploration of the Disney Company itself and how the image of its... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 8, 2006, p. 1569-1572
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12242, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 2:33:34 AM

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  • Amy Damico
    Endicott College
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    AMY M. DAMICO teaches in the School of Communication at Endicott College. Her main interests include media literacy and children’s media and culture. Her recent publications include a summary of a media and health media literacy research project in the Journal of Research in Childhood Education and a forthcoming article in Teachers College Record (on-line) on teaching about the popular culture of girls and boys. She is currently working on developing a media and health media literacy resource book for classroom teachers.
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