The Handbook of the Study of Play
Description: The Handbook of the Study of Play brings together in two volumes thinkers whosediverse interests at the leading edge of scholarship and practice define thecurrent field. Because play is an activity that humans have shared across time,place, and culture and in their personal developmental timelines—and becausethis behavior stretches deep into the evolutionary past—no single disciplinecan lay claim to exclusive rights to study the subject. Thus this handbookfeatures the thinking of evolutionary psychologists; ethologists and biologists;neuroscientists; developmental psychologists; psychotherapists and playtherapists; historians; sociologists and anthropologists; culturalpsychologists; 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 toThe Handbook take on vital questions of educational policy, of literacy, offitness, 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 theself. These volumes also comprise an intellectual history, retrospective looksat the great thinkers who have made possible the modern study of play.
Contents: Acknowledgments Introduction-James E. Johnson Overview: Play as SelfRealization: Towards a General Theory of Play, Thomas Henricks Part 1: Theoryand Research Section I: Disciplines Chapter 1: Integrative Approaches to theBiological Study of Play, Gordon Burghardt Chapter 2: Play in America: AnHistorical Overview, Jon-Paul C. Dyson Chapter 3: Psychological Approaches tothe Study of Play, Doris Bergen Chapter 4: Anthropology and the Study of Play,Garry Chick Chapter 5: Parent-Child Play Across Cultures: TheoreticalConsiderations and Suggestions for Advancing Play Research, Jaipaul L.Roopnarine and Kimberly Davidson Chapter 6: Sociological Perspectives on Play,Thomas S. Henricks Chapter 7: Contributions of Humanistic and PositivePsychology to the Understanding of Play, Peter Gray Chapter 8: PhilosophizingPlay, Wendy Russell and Emily Ryall Section II: Influential Minds Chapter 9:Classical Theories of Play, Thomas S. Henricks Chapter 10: Modern Theorists ofPlay: Huizinga, Caillois, Goffman, and Henricks, Thomas S. Henricks Chapter 11:The Interpretation of Play: Psychoanalysis and Beyond, Stephen P. DemanchickChapter 12: Standing 'A Head Taller than Himself’: Vygotskian andPost—Vygotskian Views on Children’s Play, Elena Bodrova and Deborah LeongChapter 13: Play through a Bakhtinian Lens, Lynn E. Cohen Chapter 14: Piaget’sSympathetic But Unromantic Account of Children’s Play, Richard DeLisi Chapter15: Play Theory: A Personal Journey and New Thoughts, Brian Sutton-Smith Part 2:Applications, Challenges, and Directions Section III: Applications Chapter 16:Games Psychotherapists Play: Hide and Seek in the Therapeutic Dialog, TerryMarks-Tarlow Chapter 17: Play and Early Childhood Education, David KuschnerChapter 18: Recess and Learning: Research on the Effects of Recess on Childrenand Teachers, Olga S. Jarrett Chapter 19: The Principles of Playwork, FraserBrown Chapter 20: “Jamming Together” as Musical Play, Patricia A. St. JohnChapter 21: Performance, Theatre, and Improvisation: Bringing Play andDevelopment into New Arenas, Carrie Lobman Chapter 22: Play Interventions andTherapy, Cindy Dell Clark Section IV: Challenges Chapter 23: Where are we Now?:Challenges to the Study of Play, Thomas S. Henricks Chapter 24: A Student’sGuide for Understanding Play Through the Theories of Brian Sutton-Smith, AliceM. Meckley Chapter 25: Play Therapy on the Edge: Understanding Definitions andChange Mechanisms, Stephen P. Demanchick and Mary Anne Peabody Chapter 26: HowDoes Play Contribute to Literacy?, James F. Christie and Kathleen A. RoskosChapter 27: Designing and Creating Playgrounds: The Future is Now, Joe L. FrostChapter 28: Mapping the Landscape of Children’s Play, David Lancy Chapter 29:Challenges to Research on Play: Mending the Methodological Mistakes, Angeline S.Lillard, Rebecca A. Dore, Emily J. Hopkins, and Eric D. Smith Chapter 30: DoesPlay have to be Playful?, Lynn