Hegemony, Gender Stereotypes and Disney: A Content Analysis of Frozen and Snow White

By: Larisa Arnold, McKenna Seidl, & Ariel Deloney
Concordia University St. Paul
Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Kim Flottemesch

A content analysis was conducted and focused on the gender roles, gender expectations,
and social norms in Disney films. The researchers studied one past Disney film, Snow White and
compared it with the most recent Disney film, Frozen to draw distinctions and similarities
between them. Through a chi square test of association comparing specific Disney roles of both
men and women, minimum differences have been shown between past and recent films. Disney
has made changes in their films by removing some overt gender stereotypes from the films;
however, they continue to use many of these stereotypical gender expectations.  The data
suggests that hegemonic principles can be applied to the most recent Disney film Frozen.  Disney
has hidden traditional gender norms under the guise of being progressive while still utilizing the
successful Disney formula of traditional gender roles and expectations.

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Giving and Receiving Compliments: What are Your Intentions?

By:  Tyler Karlberg, Nancy Moua, Emily McDonough, and Sam Alakija

Concordia University- St. Paul

Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Kim Flottemesch

Compliments are a part of everyday communication in American culture.  While many use
compliments in order to gain compliance or to show interest in further developing a relationship,
underlying intentions may be different than what is perceived by the receiver.  The researchers of
this study investigated the difference in the motivations of compliments both given and received
based on different categories. Using a survey of students at a faith­-based university in the
Midwest, researchers were able to gather insight into the intentions of giving compliments as
well as the perception of received compliments.

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Communication Quality Differences Between Legos and Minecraft

By:  Michael Cullen, Joel Klein and Keith Crockett

Concordia University- St. Paul

Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Kim Flottemesch, PhD

Communication between pre-adolescent boys can be viewed as strange and unlike teen girls and “grown ups”. According to Debra Tannen (1990), “All genders strive to be understood, however young men try to communicate to remain independent.” This often leads to competition amongst the male gender. In order to test this theory, this study looks to observe if there are any differences between hands on activity communication and technology gameplay communication. The study observed 3 pre-adolescent boys trying to work together to make a house in Legos and then the boys were instructed to make a house on Minecraft. The levels of communication vary but there are constant and interesting ways pre-adolescent boys communicate to each other. The data from the study suggests that Minecraft allowed for more quality communication than Lego’s.

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