American Journal of Play

Articles from Vol. 6, No. 2, Winter

Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000
Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000 Juliet Kinchin and Aidan O'Connor New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2012. Images, credits, notes, index, further reading. 263 pp. $60.00 cloth. ISBN: 9780870708268Century of the Child: Growing by Design,...
Deep Play: Rationality in the Life World with Special Reference to Sailing
In an essay on the rationality of play, the author characterizes rationality by the three distinct demands it makes on the individual-demands for autonomy, soli- darity, and integrity. He develops each of these as they apply to the sport of sailing,...
Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons and Dragons and the People Who Play It
Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons and Dragons and the People Who Play ItDavid M. EwaltNew York: Scribner, 2013. Contents, notes, index. 288 pp. $26.00 cloth. ISBN: 9781451640502.A few pages into David Ewalt's autoethnography of Dungeons and Dragons...
Play as Self-Realization: Toward a General Theory of Play
In a wide-ranging essay that reviews the major theories of plays and relates them to significant notions of the self, the author addresses the question of why we play. He does so to argue that play is a biologically driven project of self-understanding...
Playing Along: Digital Games, YouTube, and Virtual Performance
Playing Along: Digital Games, YouTube, and Virtual PerformanceKiri MillerNew York: Oxford University Press, 2012. Notes, references, index. 272 pp. $27.95 paper. ISBN: 9780199753468From Double Dutch to limbo competitions, games that meld music, performance,...
Play in the Early Years
Play in the Early YearsMarilyn FleerNew York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. References, vignettes, photographs, glossary, indices. 261 pp. $94.00 paper. ISBN: 9781107640221In Play in the Early Years, Marilyn Fleer communicates the importance of play...
Raising the Stakes: E-Sports and the Professionalization of Computer Gaming
Raising the Stakes: E-Sports and the Professionalization of Computer GamingT. L. TaylorCambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012. Appendix, notes, bibliography, index. 304 pp. $29.95 cloth. ISBN: 9780262017374In Raising the Stakes: E-Sports and the Professionalization...
Storytelling, Story Acting, and Literacy in the Boston Public Schools: An Interview with Jason Sachs, Ben Mardell, and Marina Boni
Jason Sachs is Director of Early Childhood Education for Boston Public Schools, where he oversees preschool and kindergarten programs across the district. A graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, he worked previously in the Massachusetts...
The Ball: The Object of the Game
The Ball: The Object of the GameJohn FoxNew York: Harper Perennial, 2012. Notes, bibliography, index. 400 pp. $14.99 paper. ISBN: 9780061881794Why do we play ball? The Ball: The Object of the Game begins with the conceit that John Fox-prompted by an...
The Elements of Play: Toward a Philosophy and a Definition of Play
Scholars conventionally find play difficult to define because the concept is com- plex and ambiguous. The author proffers a definition of play that takes into con- sideration its dynamic character, posits six basic elements of play (anticipation, surprise,...
Well Played: The Origins and Future of Playfulness
In this article, the author synthesizes research from several disciplines to shed light on play's central role in healthy development. Gordon builds on research in attach- ment theory that correlates secure attachment in infancy with adult well-being...
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