The Mouse Who Would Rule the World! How American Criminal Justice Reflects the Themes of Disneyization

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Matthew B. Robinson Ph.D., Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: This paper specifies the relationships between the trend of Disneyization and the increasingly efficient, scientific, costly, and control-oriented systems of American criminal justice. Disneyization is the process by which the principles of the Disney theme parks are coming to dominate more and more sectors of American society as well as the rest of the world. It is related to the concurrent phenomenon of McDonaldization, which has been more widely written about and even applied to criminal justice. This paper discusses the trend of Disneyization and then illustrates how the main elements of Disneyization (theming, dedifferentiation of consumption, merchandising, and emotional labor) typify American criminal justice activity. Much of the paper is concerned with media coverage of crime and criminal justice, given the intimate relationship between it and criminal justice system processes.

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Robinson, Matthew B. (2003). The mouse who would rule the world! How American criminal justice reflects the themes of Disneyization, Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture 10 (1): 69-86. (ISSN: 1070-8286) Published open access by State University of New York at Albany. Original version can be accessed at:
Language: English
Date: 2003

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