Date of Award

Summer 8-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


War and Society

First Advisor

Dr. Kyle Longley

Second Advisor

Dr. Charissa Threat

Third Advisor

Dr. Stephanie Takaragawa


"Othering” is just one of many tools nations use during war time to garner support for the war effort. “Othering” in media often goes undetected, a subtle framing of one’s own viewpoint as the viewpoint and the gaze, often at the exclusion and alienation of others. This collection of essays explores how individuals and institutions “Othered” during wartime. Essays “A Review of Walt Disney’s Life and ‘Othering’” and “Walt Disney’s ‘Reluctant Dragon’ and the 1941 Strike,” study how and why Walt Disney “Othered” certain audiences in his films The Reluctant Dragon, Saludos Amigos, and The Three Caballeros. “Who is Left: The Moral Burden of War” explores how Lance Corporal John J. Petchel “Othered” in his private letter collection to his fiancé during the Vietnam War. These essays identify a possible “cycle” of ideologically- motivated “Othering.” The final essay “Coordinates” offers a possible way forward to disrupt this cycle of ideologically-motivated “Othering” for generations to come, with media and curricula designed to connect children with peoples and cultures furthest from their coordinates.

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