The ambiguity of play is an extremely important contribution to theoretical discussions about play not only in the united states but around the world the book provides a platform for further theoretical reflection interdisciplinary dialogue and for critical examination of long held beliefs about child development and education. The ambiguity of play brian sutton smith add to cart product details paperback 4500 o gbp3695 o eur4050 isbn 9780674005815 publication date 05 15 2001 short 288 pages 6 x 9 inches 1 table world related subjects education general about this book about the authors reviews table of contents every child knows what it means to play but the rest of us can merely . Is play an adaptation that teaches us skills and inducts us into communities is it power pursued in games of prowess or fate deployed in games of chance or daydreaming enacted in art. And human variability further he shows how these discourses despite their differences might offer the components for a new social science of play
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