Girlhood on Disney Channel: Branding, Celebrity, and Femininity

1st Edition

Morgan Genevieve Blue

Routledge
Published March 10, 2017
Reference - 224 Pages - 18 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138947986 - CAT# Y205790
Series: Routledge Advances in Television Studies

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Summary

Since the early 2000s, Disney Channel has been dominated by original live-action programming popular among tween girls. The shows’ successes rely not only on their popularity among girl audiences, but also on the development of star personae by girl performers, such as Raven-Symoné, Miley Cyrus, and Selena Gomez. In addition, these programs and their performers have spawned lucrative media and merchandising franchises for the Walt Disney Company. This book includes analyses of this Disney Channel programming, as well as Disney corporate reports and executive statements, together with Disney Channel stars’ performances, promotional appearances, media production, philanthropic efforts, and entrepreneurism. Analyzing these texts, performances, activities, and personae, it considers the ways in which they reproduce celebrity, visibility, and feminine performativity as central to successful twenty-first century girlhood.

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