Are you a Disney fan? Have you ever seen a princess in the flesh? Well, this week we are joined by Kristen Newvine of the Social Science Princess Project, who talks with us about this world of character performance. We use Goffman to understand how adopting the identities of Disney princesses can actually influence performers’ everyday non-princess lives– from how they talk to how they greet children at grocery stores to how they sing when they’re encountering setbacks. Tune in and have a magical day!
Princess, performers, Goffman, Disney, Identity theory, Identity
- Check out Kristin’s Context’s article, Princessing: The Magic of Impression Management
- Here is Kristin’s Social Science Princess Project:
- We talk about Erving Goffman’s “Presentation of Self in Everyday Life”
- We also have an episode on Goffman, which you can listen to here.
- Here is the clip of the Gaston prince performer rejecting a Disney goer.
- Curious about identity theory? Check out Sheldon Stryker’s work!
- Here’s a recent article from Vox about the life of a Disney princess performer.
- Kristen recommended the following to those interested in learning more:
- Charles C. Cooley’s Looking Glass Self
- George Herbert Mead
- We discussed this Florida worker’s experiment testing the availability of work.