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The ambiguity of play

Author: Brian Sutton-Smith
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1997.
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Sutton-Smith focuses on play theories rooted in seven distinct "rhetorics"--The ancient discourses of fate, power, communal identity, and frivolity and the modern discourses of progress, the imaginary, and the self. In a sweeping analysis that moves from the question of play in child development to the implications of play for the Western work ethic, he explores the values, historical sources, and interests that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Sutton-Smith, Brian.
Ambiguity of play.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1997
(DLC) 97021713
(OCoLC)36977268
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Brian Sutton-Smith
ISBN: 9780674044180 0674044185
OCLC Number: 456226524
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (x, 276 pages)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: 1. Play and Ambiguity --
2. Rhetorics of Animal Progress --
3. Rhetorics of Child Play --
4. Rhetorics of Fate --
5. Rhetorics of Power --
6. Rhetorics of Identity --
7. Child Power and Identity --
8. Rhetorics of the Imaginary --
9. Child Phantasmagoria --
10. Rhetorics of Self --
11. Rhetorics of Frivolity --
12. Conclusion.
Responsibility: Brian Sutton-Smith.

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