Psychology of Play
The Aesthetic of Play
The Aesthetic of Play
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0262028514
The impulse toward play is very ancient, not only pre-cultural but pre-human; zoologists have identified play behaviors in turtles and in chimpanzees. Games have existed since antiquity; 5,000-year-old board games have been recovered from Egyptian tombs. And yet we still lack a critical language for thinking about play. Game designers are better at answering small questions ("Why is this battle boring?") than big ones ("What does this game mean?"). In this book, the game designer Brian Upton analyzes the experience of play -- how playful activities unfold from moment to moment and how the rules we adopt constrain that unfolding. Drawing on games that range from Monopoly to Dungeons & Dragons to Guitar Hero, Upton develops a framework for understanding play, introducing a set of critical tools that can help us analyze games and game designs and identify ways in which they succeed or fail. Upton also examines the broader epistemological implications of such a framework, exploring the role of play in the construction of meaning and what the existence of play says about the relationship between our thoughts and external reality. He considers the making of meaning in play and in every aspect of human culture, and he draws on findings in pragmatic epistemology, neuroscience, and semiotics to describe how meaning emerges from playful engagement. Upton argues that play can also explain particular aspects of narrative; a play-based interpretive stance, he proposes, can help us understand the structure of books, of music, of theater, of art, and even of the process of critical engagement itself.
The Ambiguity of Play
The Ambiguity of Play
Paperback      ISBN: 0674005813
Every child knows what it means to play, but the rest of us can merely speculate. Is it a kind of adaptation, teaching us skills, inducting us into certain communities? Is it power, pursued in games of prowess? Fate, deployed in games of chance? Daydreaming, enacted in art? Or is it just frivolity? Brian Sutton-Smith, a leading proponent of play theory, considers each possibility as it has been proposed, elaborated, and debated in disciplines from biology, psychology, and education to metaphysics, mathematics, and sociology. Sutton-Smith focuses on play theories rooted in seven distinct
The Art of Roughhousing: Good Old-fashioned Horseplay and Why Every Kid Needs It
The Art of Roughhousing
Good Old-fashioned Horseplay and Why Every Kid Needs It
Paperback      ISBN: 1594744874
All over the United States, physical play—what some might call “roughhousing”—is being marginalized. Gym classes are getting shorter. Recess periods are being eliminated. Some new schools don’t even have playgrounds. But Drs. Anthony T. DeBenedet and Lawrence Cohen are here to shake things up—literally!The Art of Roughhousing teaches parents how rough-and-tumble play can nurture close connections, solve behavior problems, boost confidence, and more. Drawing from gymnastics, martial arts, ballet, traditional sports, and even animal behavior, the authors present fifty illustrated activities for children and parents to enjoy together – everything from the “Sumo Deadlift” to the “Rogue Dumbo.” Arriving just in time for Father’s Day, The Art of Roughhousing is the perfect gift for rowdy dads everywhere.

Beyond Boredom and Anxiety
Beyond Boredom and Anxiety
Hardcover      ISBN: 0787951404
Originally published by Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1975, in the Jossey-Bass Behavioral Science Series. The author provides a new preface to this 25th anniversary edition in which he describes the genesis of his ideas, how these ideas have been developed by himself and others, and his feelings that the usefulness of this book continues for those new to "flow" as well as for those familiar with the literature. Discussion encompasses enjoyment and intrinsic motivation, a theoretical model for enjoyment, and flow patterns in everyday life. Csikszentmihalyi is currently affiliated with Claremont Graduate University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Children at Play: Clinical and Developmental Approaches to Meaning and Representation
Children at Play
Clinical and Developmental Approaches to Meaning and Representation
Paperback      ISBN: 0195129121
As they play, children do more than imagine--they also invent life-long approaches to thinking, feeling, and relating to other people. For nearly a century, clinical psychologists have been concerned with the content and interpersonal meaning of play. More recently, developmental psychologists have concentrated on the links between the emergence of symbolic play and evolving thought and language. At last, this volume bridges the gap between the two disciplines by defining their common interests and by developing areas of interface and interrelatedness. The editors have brought together original chapters by distinguished psychoanalysts, clinical psychologists, social workers, and developmental psychologists who shed light on topics outside the traditional confines of their respective domains. Thus the book features clinicians exploring subjects such as play representation, narrative, metaphor, and symbolization, and developmentalists examining questions regarding affect, social development, conflict, and psychopathology. Taken together, the contributors offer a rich, integrative view of the many dimensions of early play as it occurs among peers, between parent and child, and in the context of therapy.
Children's Special Places: Exploring the Role of Forts, Dens, and Bush Houses in Middle Childhood
Children's Special Places
Exploring the Role of Forts, Dens, and Bush Houses in Middle Childhood
Paperback      ISBN: 0814330266
An examination of the secret world of children that shows how important special places are to a child's development.
Children's Traditional Games: Games from 137 Countries and Cultures
Children's Traditional Games
Games from 137 Countries and Cultures
Paperback      ISBN: 0897749677
This is one of those rare reference books that teachers and students alike find entertaining and useful. Judy Sierra and Robert Kaminski, renowned storytellers and folklorists, describe popular games from 137 countries and cultures, including over 20 games from Native American groups. Each game is easily learned and can be played by small groups in the classroom or on the playground. Clear instructions are given for all games, and simple diagrams are included where applicable.
Deep Play
Deep Play
Paperback      ISBN: 0679771352
Provides an exploration of the concept of "deep play"--a psychological state of mind in which we fully engage our faculties--discussing the activities that draw us into this state, the qualities that distinguish deep-play activities, and the ways in which the state can be achieved.
Diversions and Divergences in Fields of Play
Diversions and Divergences in Fields of Play
Hardcover      ISBN: 1567503705
Diversions and Divergences in Fields of Play reflects the critical efforts of its editors. They have organized recent, quality play scholarship into six thematic sections, including Theorizing Play, Traditional Play, Children's Play, Playful Primates, Resistant Play, and Intertextual Play.
Dramatic Play in Childhood: Rehearsal for Life
Dramatic Play in Childhood
Rehearsal for Life
Paperback      ISBN: 0435086693
Koste looks at children's dramatic play and its role in developing life skills.