Alt-Disney: Chapman Class Takes Anthropoligical Look at Disneyland
Updated: Aug 13
Professor Stephanie Takaragawa’s “Disneyland: The Anthropology of Space and Place” at Chapman University is no Mickey Mouse course. Students steep themselves in social theory, reading assigned articles before going to Disneyland to observe why people behave the way they do. They learn about Michel Foucault’s ideas of power and surveillance while discussing the Frankfurt School’s “Culture Industry,” then put theories to the test.
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