The Handbook of the Study of Play
Description: The Handbook of the Study of Play brings together in two volumes thinkers whose diverse interests at the leading edge of scholarship and practice define the current field. Because play is an activity that humans have shared across time, place, and culture and in their personal developmental timelines-and because this behavior stretches deep into the evolutionary past-no single discipline can lay claim to exclusive rights to study the subject. Thus this handbook features the thinking of evolutionary psychologists; ethologists and biologists; neuroscientists; developmental psychologists; psychotherapists and play therapists; historians; sociologists and anthropologists; cultural psychologists; philosophers; theorists of music, performance, and dance; specialists in learning and language acquisition; and playground designers. Together, but out of their varied understandings, the incisive contributions to The Handbook take on vital questions of educational policy, of literacy, of fitness, of the role of play in brain development, of spontaneity and pleasure, of well-being and happiness, of fairness, and of the fuller realization of the self. These volumes also comprise an intellectual history, retrospective looks at the great thinkers who have made possible the modern study of play.
Contents: Contents;Acknowledgments;Introduction;Overview;I: Disciplines;1 Integrative Approaches to the Biological Study of Play;2 Play in America;3 Psychological Approaches to the Study of Play;4 Anthropology and the Study of Play;5 Parent-Child Play Across Cultures;6 Sociological Perspectives on Play;7 Studying Play Without Calling It That;8 Philosophizing Play;II: Influential Minds;9 Classic Theories of Play;10 Modern Theorists of Play;11 The Interpretation of Play;12 Standing ""A Head Taller Than Himself"";13 Play Through a Bakhtian Lens;14 Piaget's Sympathetic But Unromantic Account of Children's Play;15 Play Theory;III: Applications;16 Games Psychotherapists Play;17 Play and Early Childhood Education;18 Recess and Learning;19 The Principles of Playwork;20 ""Jamming Together"" as Musical Play;21 Performance, Theater, and Improvisation;22 Play Interventions and Therapy;IV: Challenges;23 Where Are We Now?;24 A Student's Guide for Understanding Play Through the Theories of Brian Sutton-Smith;25 Play Therapy on the Edge;26 How Does Play Contribute to Literacy?;27 Designing and Creating Playgrounds;28 Mapping the Landscape of Children's Play;29 Challenges to Research on Play;30 Does Play Have to Be Playful?;31 Play Fighting and Real Fighting;32 Integrating Conceptual Divisions Within and Between the Studies of Play and Well-being;33 Give Play a Chance;Epilogue;Index;About the Editors;About the Contributors;