The Disadvantage of A Good Reputation: Disney as a Target for Social Problems Claims

  title={The Disadvantage of A Good Reputation: Disney as a Target for Social Problems Claims},
  author={Joel Best and Kathleen S. Lowney},
  journal={The Sociological Quarterly},
  pages={431 - 449}
Social scientists generally presume that a good reputation has advantages. Yet the Walt Disney Corporation, a firm that has long benefited from a reputation for producing wholesome popular culture, attracts more than its share of efforts to link it to various social problems. In particular, conservative moralists argue that Disney in fact produces morally questionable products, progressive critics claim that Disney's messages help preserve social inequities, and social scientists criticize… Expand
Movements, Markets and Fields: The Effects of Anti-Sweatshop Campaigns on U.S. Firms, 1993–2000
How do social movements influence corporations? Recent work suggests that movements can inflict material damage on their targets and shape categories of evaluation in organizational fields. ExtendingExpand
Asymmetry by Design? Identity Obfuscation, Reputational Pressure, and Consumer Predation in U.S. For-Profit Higher Education
This article develops and tests an identity-based account of malfeasance in consumer markets. We hypothesize that multi-brand organizational structures help predatory firms short-circuit reputationalExpand
Shaming the Corporation
As social movements co-evolve with changes in states and markets, it is crucial to examine how they make particular kinds of actors into focal points for the expression of grievances and the demandExpand
The Effect of Corporate Social Responsibility on the Financial Performance of Listed Companies in the UK
This chapter provides the context and background to the thesis enabling the subsequent empirical research to be correctly framed and interpreted. The development of corporate social responsibilityExpand
A Girl Worth Fighting For: A Rhetorical Critique of Disney Princess Mulan's Bisexuality
Disney recently revealed that its character Mulan was bisexual on its prime time television program, Once Upon A Time. This article critiques this queering's dimensions of freedom and dominationExpand
Sustainable Citizenship and the New Politics of Consumption
This article develops the notion of “sustainable citizenship” and distinguishes it from more conventional forms of citizenship. The authors formulate indicators of the presence of sustainableExpand
Corporate Affirmations of Self-Identity and Mutual Self-Help: Transmedia Rhetorics of Marvel Rising
In 2018, Disney launched a Marvel Rising transmedia campaign introducing a line of female superhero dolls and supporting media narratives across Disney XD, Marvel Comics, and Hasbro toys. UtilizingExpand
“After Ever After”: Social Commentary through a Satiric Disney Parody for the Digital Age
“If you’ve ever wondered why Disney tales all end in lies,” then ask YouTube artist Paint—aka Jon Cozart. He has created a video for that re-imagines what happened after four of Disney’sExpand
Virtue, royalty, dreams and power: Exploring the appeal of Disney Princesses to preadolescent girls in the United States
ABSTRACT For years the Disney Princesses have been at the top in box office tickets and their merchandising sales have reached into the billions. With this success there has been concern about theExpand
Disney Film Genres and Adult Audiences: A Tale of Renegotiated Relationships
Disney films occupy a special place in the viewing habits of children, but their relationships with adult audiences are underappreciated and under-researched. At the same time, many assumptions areExpand


Difficult Reputations: Collective Memories of the Evil, Inept, and Controversial
We take reputations for granted. Believing in the bad and the good natures of our notorious or illustrious forebears is part of our shared national heritage. Yet we are largely ignorant of how suchExpand
Disney through the Web looking glass
Assessing challenges to a corporation by examining Web sites is likely to give a partial picture, but some forms of opposition to Disney, such as by employees and corporate competitors, are largely absent from the Web. Expand
Challenging Disney Myths
The article draws on recent studies of the Walt Disney Company that have used a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches to challenge some of the myths that surround the company, itsExpand
The Matthew Effect in Science
  • R. Jackson
  • Medicine
  • International journal of dermatology
  • 1988
Based on interviews with Nobel laureates, Merton^ observes that eminent scientists get disproportionately great credit for their contributions to science, while relatively unknown scientists tend toExpand
The challenge of cultural elites : celebrities and social movements
Although celebrities have become a regular fixture in modern social movements, there is little explicit theory on why, or on how they may affect the movements in which they participate. We begin byExpand
The Rise and Fall of Social Problems: A Public Arenas Model
This paper develops a model of the process through which social problems rise and fall. Treating public attention as a scarce resource, the model emphasizes competition and selection in the media andExpand
Constructing Social Problems
There is no adequate definition of social problems within sociology, and there is not and never has been a sociology of social problems. That observation is the point of departure of this book. TheExpand
Social problems as landmark narratives : Bank of Boston, mass media and money laundering
The paper examines how claimsmakers selectively construct instances of alleged problems as “landmark narratives,” with particular attention to the rhetorical practices of mass print media. TheExpand
Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire
Now with a new and up-to-date Introduction by the author, the bestselling account of the effect of American global policies, hailed as "brilliant and iconoclastic" (Los Angeles Times) The termExpand
The Disney Version: The Life, Times, Art and Commerce of Walt Disney
This classic history of Walt Disney's life and works asks penetrating questions about Disney's achievements and shortcomings, and the enormous popularity of the "Disney version." "One of the bestExpand