Princesses and Princess[ing]:

Children meeting their favorite fictitious characters, in real life, became a shining star supporting the rising popularity within amusement parks during the late 20th century. In the past decade, however, this phenomenon took a drastic turn from large scale consuming crowds to the private sector, for reasons not yet known. Currently, in cities all across America, you can book a character, most specifically princesses, for your birthday parties and other events. These parties include normal birthday activities and; sometimes other items from mini-makeovers to princess coronation ceremonies. These characters are based on classic and modern Disney fairytales, as well as other pertinent children’s stories: from superheroes to unicorns. While existing in the gray areas of American copyright laws, these companies and performers continue to impact the youth of tomorrow, while collectively impacting themselves. This project takes a student experience in what we call, “princessing” and pushes it in a scholarly direction, including qualitative and quantitative research into who is participating in these events, where they are taking place and reflections into the lived experience of becoming and being a princess. This years presentation is a continuation of the 2019 project.



Work Title Princesses and Princess[ing]:
Subtitle The Sociology of Making Magic
Penn State
  1. Kristin C Newvine
  2. Rowland, Nicholas J.
  1. Princess
  2. Princess Project
  3. engaged scholarship
  4. Princesses
License All rights reserved
Work Type Poster
Deposited April 16, 2020




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