Policing Pop Culture: “Danny Meets Andy Griffith” and Representing Southern Law Enforcement
Phoebe Bronstein/University of California, San Diego

Phoebe Bronstein explores the representation of Southern law enforcement around Andy Griffith in the “Danny Meets Andy” episode of Make Room for Daddy, exploring how the show navigated national and regional discourses and anxieties of the police during the Civil Rights Movement.

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“Its Not Just a Doll; It’s a Social Movement”: Investing in Black Toys Then and Now
Avi Santo / Old Dominion University

Avi Santo examines the representational and rhetorical strategies used by toy companies to produce dolls for African American girls, which emphasize self-love and a broadening of traditional beauty categories to overcome internalized racism, and compares these with the past production and marketing of Black dolls.

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