The Ambiguity of Play

The Ambiguity of Play Every child knows what it means to play but the rest of us can merely speculate Is it a kind of adaptation teaching us skills inducting us into certain communities Is it power pursued in games of

  • Title: The Ambiguity of Play
  • Author: Brian Sutton-Smith
  • ISBN: 9780674005815
  • Page: 250
  • Format: Paperback
  • Every child knows what it means to play, but the rest of us can merely speculate Is it a kind of adaptation, teaching us skills, inducting us into certain communities Is it power, pursued in games of prowess Fate, deployed in games of chance Daydreaming, enacted in art Or is it just frivolity Brian Sutton Smith, a leading proponent of play theory, considers each possEvery child knows what it means to play, but the rest of us can merely speculate Is it a kind of adaptation, teaching us skills, inducting us into certain communities Is it power, pursued in games of prowess Fate, deployed in games of chance Daydreaming, enacted in art Or is it just frivolity Brian Sutton Smith, a leading proponent of play theory, considers each possibility as it has been proposed, elaborated, and debated in disciplines from biology, psychology, and education to metaphysics, mathematics, and sociology.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 have dictated the terms and forms of play put forth in each discourse s objective theory.This work reveals distinctions and disjunctions than affinities, with one striking exception however different their descriptions and interpretations of play, each rhetoric reveals a quirkiness, redundancy, and flexibility In light of this, Sutton Smith suggests that play might provide a model of the variability that allows for natural selection As a form of mental feedback, play might nullify the rigidity that sets in after successful adaption, thus reinforcing animal 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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    1. An excellent analysis of a range of ancient and modern rhetorics surrounding play. Sutton-Smith introduces the concept of "ambiguity," but falls short of really using it in a theoretical construct along the lines of Pickering's "mangle" or Law's "mess." That's one example of a general timidity that mars an otherwise strong work.Most useful for me was an empirical look at chidren's own rhetorics of play and the ways in which parents, educators and cultural critics sanitize or silence them: this i [...]

    2. A classic, and deservedly so. Can't think of a more comprehensive discussion of the many perspectives on the nature of play. It's quite dense in places, but remains readable thanks largely to Sutton-Smith wit. Ultimately, the author stays on the fence with regards to the fundamental character of play. But as will be clear to anyone who has followed the thread of heteroglossia throughout the book, that is largely the point.

    3. Way toooooo academic. Wanted more into the history and philosophy of play and really did not see the answer as to why we play. Book looked too analytical and took away the fun of play.

    4. A fascinating and highly readable (dare I say "playful"?) survey of historic and contemporary rhetorics of play.

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