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Special Issue on the History of Play


Darian-Smith, K and Sleight, S, Special Issue on the History of Play, 5, (3) ISSN 2159-4953 (2016) [Edited Journal]

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‘Children’, observed Colin Ward in his influential 1978 study, The child in the city, ‘will play anywhere and with anything’ (1978, p. 86). An apparently universal impulse, play has even been argued by some scholars to transcend history as an activity ‘older than culture’ (Huizinga, 1949, p. 1). The historian’s natural inclination is to historicise such contentions, alert to factors of geography as well as chronology and to intersections including age, gender and social class. Building on burgeoning scholarship concerning the construction and experience of children’s play worlds, this special edition of the International Journal of Play offers soundings of the field and an encouragement to venture still deeper in accounting for change through time, the very currency of historical enquiry and a potential wide-angle corrective to accounts of play concerned exclusively with contemporary themes.

Item Details

Item Type:Edited Journal
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Cultural studies
Research Field:Cultural studies not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Other culture and society
Objective Field:Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Darian-Smith, K (Professor Kate Darian-Smith)
ID Code:125473
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:College Office - CALE
Deposited On:2018-04-19
Last Modified:2020-01-03

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