Title

The Location of US Latinidad: Stuck in the Middle, Disney, and the in between Ethnicity

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2020

Keywords

Disney, latina/o studies, television, girlhood, stuck in the Middle, Disney Channel

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1080/17482798.2020.1753790

Abstract

This article explores Disney’s production and circulation of specific and ambiguous Latinidad by focusing on the Disney Channel television series Stuck in the Middle (2016–2018). Bringing together discourses of girlhoods and Latinidad, and elaborating on post-feminism through ambiguity, the article employs three overlapping units of analysis: the family, the main character, Harley Diaz, and four purposefully selected episodes, to investigate how mainstream cultural producers attempt to represent and reach out to a newly acknowledged diverse audience. Disney, as a major player among mainstream US media industries, functions in relation to demographic shifts as these impinge upon markets and circulation of products. This article makes an intervention into the conundrum between a mainstream producer claiming they are representing Latinidad, and the ethnic audience’s demands for visibility which results in a tension between identifiable presence and stereotypical depictions.

Was this content written or created while at USF?

Yes

Citation / Publisher Attribution

Journal of Children and Media, in press

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