Since the early 2000s, Disney Channel has been dominated by original live-action programming popular among tween girls. The shows’ successes rely not only on their popularity among girl audiences, but also on the development of star personae by girl performers, such as Raven-Symoné, Miley Cyrus, and Selena Gomez. In addition, these programs and their performers have spawned lucrative media and merchandising franchises for the Walt Disney Company. This book includes analyses of this Disney Channel programming, as well as Disney corporate reports and executive statements, together with Disney Channel stars’ performances, promotional appearances, media production, philanthropic efforts, and entrepreneurism. Analyzing these texts, performances, activities, and personae, it considers the ways in which they reproduce celebrity, visibility, and feminine performativity as central to successful twenty-first century girlhood.

chapter |12 pages


Disney Girls, Producing Girlhood Discourse

chapter 2|25 pages

Luminous Girlhood

Visibility, Femininity, and Performance 1

chapter 3|25 pages

“True Colors”

Race, Ethnicity, and Class in That’s So Raven, Hannah Montana, and Wizards of Waverly Place

chapter 4|27 pages

D-Signed for Diversification

Disney Channel and Lifestyle Branding 1

chapter 5|20 pages

Citizen Girl

“Do-Good” Disney TV and Girls’ Citizenship

chapter |20 pages

The Girl Mogul

Entrepreneurism and the New Girl Subject

chapter 7|24 pages

Outgrowing Disney Channel

Celebrity, Sexuality, and Girlhood

chapter |7 pages


Performing Girl / Performing Luminosity