Whistle While You Work: A Critical Analysis of Messages Surrounding Work and Labor in Children’s Films Compared to the U.S. Labor Market

dc.contributor.committeeChairMaloney, Patricia
dc.contributor.committeeMemberGriffith, Lauren
dc.contributor.committeeMemberButton-Schnick, Andrea
dc.creatorAllen, Stephanie
dc.date.accessioned2023-12-04T20:11:44Z
dc.date.available2023-12-04T20:11:44Z
dc.date.issued2023-05
dc.description.abstractChildren often learn through observing others and film has been shown to be an excellent device for this. While children’s films have been studied at length for messages involving gender, representation, and pro- and anti-social activity, little research has examined the portrayal of work and labor in these films. Using data collected from the 20 most popular animated children’s films of the last 15 years, this study collected and critically analyzed themes of work and labor present in the selected films. Common and differing themes in these films were found and compared to recent trends, such as those in unemployment and resignations, in the U.S. Labor Market. Findings suggest that themes in these films are likely influenced by the labor market as opposed to influencing it and that despite changes in the labor market, themes within these films are largely supportive of maintaining a capitalist structure and of values often associated with the United States and the “American Dream.”
dc.description.abstractEmbargo status: Restricted until 06/2024. To request the author grant access, click on the PDF link to the left.
dc.format.mimetypeApplication/pdf
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2346/97018
dc.language.isoen
dc.rights.availabilityRestricted until 2024-06.
dc.subjectFilm
dc.subjectChildren
dc.subjectCritical
dc.subjectMedia
dc.subjectHegemony
dc.subjectAnimated Film
dc.subjectCritical Analysis
dc.subjectThematic Analysis
dc.titleWhistle While You Work: A Critical Analysis of Messages Surrounding Work and Labor in Children’s Films Compared to the U.S. Labor Market
dc.typeThesis
thesis.degree.departmentSociology, Anthropology and Social Work
thesis.degree.disciplineSociology
thesis.degree.grantorTexas Tech University
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts

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