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McDonald, Peter – American Journal of Play, 2019
The author discusses Johan Huizinga's "Homo Ludens" and the animating mood that it calls the "play spirit." He argues that these styles of playfulness represent a major practical and theoretical contribution Huizinga offers contemporary studies of play, and he considers Huizinga's methodology in a reading that runs counter to…
Descriptors: Play, Games, History, Cultural Influences
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Shen, Yih-Jiun; Ramirez, Sylvia Z.; Kranz, Peter L.; Tao, Xinhua; Ji, Yuanhong – American Journal of Play, 2018
The growing interest in addressing the mental health needs of Chinese children through play therapy calls for an understanding of the cultural roots and norms of Chinese families. To help professionals succeed in this traditionally Western treatment when providing cross-cultural play therapy, the authors make recommendations concerning the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mental Health, Play Therapy, Cultural Influences
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Vandervert, Larry – American Journal of Play, 2017
The author suggests the brain's cerebellum and cerebral cortex are the origin of culture and considers the cerebellar models that came to constitute culture to be derived specifically from play. He summarizes recent research on the behavioral, cognitive, and affective evolution of the cerebellum and the cerebral cortex that shows the development…
Descriptors: Neurosciences, Play, Brain Hemisphere Functions, Imagination
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Kocurek, Carly – American Journal of Play, 2017
The author discusses how, in practice, historians often obscure the effect of women's lives, work, and contributions on their topic, and she takes special note of video game history. Using both history and film studies as examples, she argues that games historians can and should adopt feminist viewpoints to help ensure a fuller, more diverse…
Descriptors: Females, Video Games, Films, History
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Henricks, Thomas S. – American Journal of Play, 2016
The author reviews historical attempts--mostly by European thinkers--to characterize modernity and its relationship to play. He discusses ideas from Friederich Schiller to Brian Sutton-Smith, all to set the ground for a theory of play in the modern world. Emphasizing the ideas of Max Weber--in particular his theory of rationalization and its…
Descriptors: Play, Modern History, Theories, Child Development
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Kimiecik, Jay C. – American Journal of Play, 2016
The author uses his father's autobiographical writings about the small-town, baseball experiences of his youth as background for discussing the significant cultural shifts that have dramatically changed the nature of the game from a free-play experience for neighborhood kids to an organized youth-league sport. In contrast to his father's day, the…
Descriptors: Fathers, Autobiographies, Team Sports, Play
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Sandseter, Ellen Beate Hansen; Sando, Ole Johan – American Journal of Play, 2016
The authors point out a basic contradiction: On one hand, we want to keep children as safe as possible; On the other, they suggest, learning to take risks is a normal part of childhood and child development. In Norway, research has shown that early-childhood education and care (ECEC) practitioners have, in the past, taken a permissive approach to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Play, Children, Child Safety
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Bodrova, Elena; Leong, Deborah J. – American Journal of Play, 2015
The authors argue that childhood played a special role in the cultural-historical theory of human culture and biosocial development made famous by Soviet psychologist Lev S. Vygotsky and his circle. Th?ey discuss how this school of thought has, in turn, influenced contemporary play studies. Vygotsky used early childhood to test and refi?ne his…
Descriptors: Play, Cultural Influences, Social History, Social Development
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S?????hields, Rachel – American Journal of Play, 2015
The author defines play as something beyond culture and its quotidian practices, discussing play as an embodied, affective experience that cannot be fully conveyed using conventional language. She looks at notions of play in the political philosophy and cultural criticism of the late-modern thinkers of late-capitalist society and notes that,…
Descriptors: Play, Philosophy, Political Issues, Cultural Influences
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Bergen, Doris – American Journal of Play, 2015
In this survey of the research on psychological approaches to play, the author outlines its various focuses on the similarities and differences in the thinking and behavior of individuals and groups in relation to play and on the environmental factors that influence these. She notes that although psychologists often use standard experimental…
Descriptors: Play, Psychology, Research Methodology, Researchers
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Roopnarine, Jaipaul L.; Davidson, Kimberly L. – American Journal of Play, 2015
In this article, the authors argue for a greater understanding of children's play across cultures through better integration of scientific thinking about the developed and developing societies, through consideration of socialization beliefs and goals, and, finally, through the use of more complex models in research investigations. They draw on…
Descriptors: Parent Child Relationship, Play, Cultural Differences, Socialization
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American Journal of Play, 2015
Thomas S. Henricks is the J. Earl Danieley Professor of Sociology and Distinguished University Professor at Elon University. Since receiving his doctorate in sociology at the University of Chicago, Henricks has investigated the sociology of sports from the fandom of modern American professional wrestling to the relationship between sports and…
Descriptors: Play, Interviews, Self Expression, Social Influences
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Holmes, Robyn M.; Liden, Sharon; Shin, Lisa – American Journal of Play, 2013
Based on the study of seventy-four middle school children of mostly Filipino and part Hawaiian heritages, this article explores the relationships of children's thinking styles, play preferences, and school performance. Using the Group Embedded Figures Test, the Articulation of the Body Scale, and written responses to three questions, the authors…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Program Effectiveness, Extracurricular Activities, Cognitive Style
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D'Angour, Armand – American Journal of Play, 2013
In this article, the author outlines Plato's notions of play in ancient Greek culture and shows how the philosopher's views on play can be best appreciated against the background of shifting meanings and evaluations of play in classical Greece. Play--in various forms such as word play, ritual, and music--proved central to the development of…
Descriptors: Philosophy, Play, Foreign Countries, World History
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Corsaro, William A. – American Journal of Play, 2012
The author looks at children's play from the perspective of interpretive reproduction, emphasizing the way children create their own unique peer cultures, which he defines as a set of routines, artifacts, values, and concerns that children engage in with their playmates. The article focuses on two types of routines in the peer culture of preschool…
Descriptors: Play, Preschool Children, Peer Influence, Cultural Influences
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