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Encyclopedia of Play in Today's Society
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Encyclopedia of Play in Today's Society

Two Volume Set
Edited by:


June 2009 | 1 032 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Selected as an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice Magazine, January 2010

The Encyclopedia of Play: A Social History explores the concept of play in history and modern society in the United States and internationally. Its scope encompasses leisure and recreation activities of children as well as adults throughout the ages, from dice games in the Roman empire to video games today. As an academic social history, it includes the perspectives of several curricular disciplines, from sociology to child psychology, from lifestyle history to social epidemiology. This two-volume set will serve as a general, non-technical resource for students in education and human development, health and sports psychology, leisure and recreation studies and kinesiology, history, and other social sciences to understand the importance of play as it has developed globally throughout history and to appreciate the affects of play on child and adult development, particularly on health, creativity, and imagination.

"....Bottom Line This ground-breaking resource is strongly recommended for all libraries and health and welfare institutional depots; essential for university collections, especially those catering to social studies programs."—Library Journal, STARRED Review

Al Vara
Temple Univ. Lib., Philadelphia
Library Journal

"Offering more than 450 entries written by 130 authors from around the world the sprawling, two-volume Encyclopedia of Play gives newcomers speedy access to many topics that range from the daffy to the deep.  For more experienced hands, the volumes provide topical reminders and organizing cues."

Scott G. Eberle
Storng National Museum of Play

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ISBN: 9781412966702
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