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Encyclopedia of play in today's society

Author: Rodney P Carlisle
Publisher: Los Angeles [Calif.] : SAGE, ©2009
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Children and adults spend a great deal of time in activities we think of as "play," including games, sports, and hobbies. Without thinking about it very deeply, almost everyone would agree that such activities are fun, relaxing, and entertaining. However, play has many purposes that run much deeper than simple entertainment. For children, play has various functions such as competition, following rules, accepting
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Encyclopedias
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
2 v. (xl, 980 p.) : ill
(DLC) 2008054639
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Rodney P Carlisle
ISBN: 9781849727785 1849727783
OCLC Number: 755062250
Notes: "A Sage reference publication."
Description: 1 online resource (477 entries) : 222 images, digital files
Responsibility: Rodney P. Carlisle, general editor.

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Children and adults spend a great deal of time in activities we think of as "play," including games, sports, and hobbies. Without thinking about it very deeply, almost everyone would agree that such activities are fun, relaxing, and entertaining. However, play has many purposes that run much deeper than simple entertainment. For children, play has various functions such as competition, following rules, accepting defeat, choosing leaders, exercising leadership, practicing adult roles, and taking risks in order to reap rewards. For adults, many games and sports serve as harmless releases of feelings of aggression, competition, and intergroup hostility.

The Encyclopedia of Play in Today's Society explores the concept of play in history and modern society in the United States and internationally. Its scope encompasses leisure and recreational activities of children and adults throughout the ages, from dice games in the Roman Empire to video games today. This Encyclopedia does not include coverage of professional sports and sport teams but, instead, cover the hundreds of games played not to earn a living but as informal activity. All aspects of play-from learning to competition, mastery of nature, socialization, and cooperation-are included. Simply enough, this Encyclopedia explores play played for the fun of it!

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