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This two-volume publication finally fills a void that play scholars - and those who recognize the primacy of play as a fundamental expression of humanity - have been anticipating with a tremendous sense of urgency for many years. The Handbook of the Study of Play unites the diverse academic disciplines that theorize, research, or apply play - ranging from cognitive, developmental and positive psychology, anthropology, evolutionary biology, ethology, sociology, philosophy, cultural and intellectual history, neuroscience, education, performance, and folklore studies to psychotherapy...'Come sail with me through a life spent fishing the waters of play theory,' Brian Sutton-Smith opens with...It is an invitation that might just as well refer to the entire handbook, for the seamless and pleasurable sequential logic of its chapters, each stocked with academic curiosities and fascinating anecdotes, allow the reader to fly-fish in this vast pool of exciting knowledge. American Journal of Play This all-encompassing handbook is based on the works of more than 30 of the nation's foremost play authorities who have dedicated their lives to studying play from a theoretical standpoint and for practical application. Readers are enlightened and engaged as they gain new insight into the multidisciplinary nature of play. -- Rhonda Clements,Ed.D. Professor of Education & Movement Sciences, Manhattanville College Today when play across the life stages is being recognized by a wide range of disciples as vital to our health and well-being, this handbook succinctly and comprehensively offers a top-notch array of play research, theoretical perspectives, and applications. An essential work for all interested in the serious study of play. -- Gary Cross, distinguished professor of modern history, Pennsylvania State UniversityReseña del editor:
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.
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