Play of Individuals and Societies

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Play of Individuals and Societies


Play represents the essence of our selves and of our culture, as shown in our games, literature, theatre, art, and the way our lives are organized by powerful others.

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Play has always had a special place in the world and for much of our literate history has been seen as capturing the true essence of the individual and the surrounding culture. All of the chapters in this book express the sentiment that we can see in play the embodiment of human beings as well as our societal cultures. This is evident in our aesthetic transcendent and everyday play experiences – in the literature we read, the theatre we attend, the games we play, the art we experience, and in the way our lives are organized by powerful others and societal license. And, as several chapters illuminate, play is the world we construct to express our opposition to the pluralistic and controlling world we live in – a way to express our individuality and create an interval, a transient haven. The chapters in this book encourage the reader about a reflective way of thinking about play that preserves, contemplates, and clarifies how play embodies our selves and our cultures.

Reflective Thinking about Play in Individuals and Societies
Lynn A. Barnett

Homo Ludens vs. Homo Economicus and the Decline of Play
Mete Ulaş Aksoy

Deviant Play
Joael A. Blanco

Little Red Riding Hood Meets Superman: Kieran Egan’s Imaginative Education and the Playful Child
Wendy C. Turgeon

Girls and Doll-Playing as Portrayed in Children’s Literature
Keiko Tanaka

Novel as the Godgame and the Confrontation between the Novelist and the Character in John Fowles’ The Magus
Barış Mete

Treasure-Hunting, Conversation and Chance: Game-Playing through Artistic Encounters
Anna Powell

The Exquisite Corpse: A Game of Objective Chance
Leslie Ann Boldt

The Narrative Shortcomings of Sandbox Games
Philip Johnston

Inhibitors to Play: Skill and Choice-Making by Adult Students of Long-Form Improvisational Comedy
Ryan Karels and Martina Karels

Playfulness as an Individual Attribute across the Lifespan
Lynn A. Barnett

Understanding Play: The Perceptions of Children, Adolescents, Parents and Teachers
Karen McInnes and Nicola Birdsey

Medical Play in Healthcare Environments
Laura Gould

Frustrations and Rewards in Children’s Play with Animals
Tamar Axelrad-Levy, Ainat Guberman, Sharon Almaliah and Michal Motro

Play Stops in Istanbul
Fulya Menderes

Play as a Transitional Awareness Incentive in Metropolis
Canan Erten and Tuba Özkan

A Game on the Urban Experience and Limits of Perception
Hasibe Akın and Tamer Sermet Ozgur

War and/as Play
Iva Apostolova

Lynn A. Barnett has been studying, reflecting, and writing about play for many years – what it is, how it can be seen, why it occurs, ways in which it influences, and how it is encouraged or dispirited. She is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism at the University of Illinois.