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The Cambridge Handbook of Play

The Cambridge Handbook of Play
Developmental and Disciplinary Perspectives

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Peter K. Smith, Jaipaul L. Roopnarine, Gordon M. Burghardt, Sergio M. Pellis, Viviana Trezza, E. J. Marijke Achterberg, Louk J. M. J. Vanderschuren, Lynda Sharpe, Akie Yanagi, Carol Berman, Peter Gray, Gail Melson, Doris Bergen, Elif Dede Yildirim, Kimberly L. Davidson, Tony Pellegrini, Ageliki Nicolopoulu, Jennifer L. Hart, Michelle T. Tannock, Ditte Winther-Lindqvist, Fiona Scott, Jennifer A. Vadeboncouer, Artin Gönçü, Linda Pollock, Adam Howell Boyette, Yumi Gosso, Briseida D. Resende, Ana M. A. Carvalho, Eunjoo Jung, Sophia Han, Thomas S. Henricks, Anna Beresin, Fraser Brown, Michael Patte, James E. Johnson, Pool Ip Dong, Marilyn Fleer, Elena Bodrova, Deborah J. Leong, Carrie Germeroth, Crystal Day-Hess, Pentti Hakkarainen, Milda Bredikyte, Niklas Pramling, Anne Kultti, Ingrid Pramling-Samuelson, Maritta Hännikäinen, Hilkka Munter, Beth Ferholt, Robert Lecusay, Monica Nilsson, Kathleen Roskos, Susan Engel, Despina Papoudi, Lila Kossyvaki, P. Margaret Brown, Anna Bortoli, Cynthia J. Cress, Colleen Baish-Cameron, Michael M. Patte, Elise Cuschieri, Esther Cohen, John A. Sutterby, Lauren McNamara, Alexandra Long, Mike Wragg, Lacey E. Peters, Beth Blue Swadener
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  • Publication planned for: January 2019
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107192515

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  • Play takes up much of the time budget of young children, and many animals, but its importance in development remains contested. This comprehensive collection brings together multidisciplinary and developmental perspectives on the forms and functions of play in animals, children in different societies, and through the lifespan. The Cambridge Handbook of Play covers the evolution of play in animals, especially mammals; the development of play from infancy through childhood and into adulthood; historical and anthropological perspectives on play; theories and methodologies; the role of play in children's learning; play in special groups such as children with impairments, or suffering political violence; and the practical applications of playwork and play therapy. Written by an international team of scholars from diverse disciplines such as psychology, education, neuroscience, sociology, evolutionary biology and anthropology, this essential reference presents the current state of the field in play research.

    • Presents a lifespan developmental perspective by exploring how the forms and functions of play change from infancy, through childhood and adolescence, and into adulthood
    • Includes multidisciplinary perspectives from evolutionary biology, neuroscience, developmental psychology, education, anthropology, sociology and history
    • Features cross-cultural perspectives on play in humans as well as animal populations
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    Advance praise: ‘The amount of time that should be devoted to play in early childhood education and the potential benefits it might bring remain contentious issues. For those seeking a larger, cross-species and cross-cultural panorama on play, this Handbook will be refreshing. With contributions from a multidisciplinary set of authors, Smith and Roopnarine have assembled a weighty – but uplifting – Handbook.' Paul Lansley Harris, Harvard University

    Advance praise: ‘Smith and Roopnarine bring together leaders in the scholarly study of play to create a rich, authoritative resource that provides theoretical frameworks, historical evidence, and up-to-date findings about the many contexts in which play occurs. While each chapter is valuable on its own, the individual contributions are even more significant as part of this collection.' Dana Gross, St Olaf College, Minnesota

    Advance praise: ‘The editors of this Handbook assemble the most current thinking and research on play, ranging from its evolutionary origins and development across the lifespan, to play theory and empirical methods, to its influence on learning and overall wellbeing, to provisioning, including educative and therapeutic applications, to the influence of family and culture. Forget the shelf, this book belongs on every play scholar's desk.' Rick Worch, Bowling Green State University, Ohio

    Advance praise: ‘A fascinating mix of play theory, practice and practicalities, this comprehensive Handbook offers an in-depth insight into the complexities of play research. Students and seasoned researchers alike will be challenged to consider their own approaches to play and play research by the diverse biological, sociocultural, theoretical and methodological perspectives presented in this book.' Shelly Newstead, Common Threads

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    • Publication planned for: January 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107192515
    • dimensions: 247 x 174 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from January 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. Editorial introduction Peter K. Smith and Jaipaul L. Roopnarine
    Part I. Evolution of Play:
    2. New directions in studying the evolution of play Gordon M. Burghardt and Sergio M. Pellis
    3. The neurochemistry of social play behaviour in rats Viviana Trezza, E. J. Marijke Achterberg and Louk J. M. J. Vanderschuren
    4. Fur, fun and future fitness: the evolution of play in mammals Lynda Sharpe
    5. Nonhuman primate social play: coping with costs Akie Yanagi and Carol Berman
    6. Evolutionary functions of play: practice, resilience, innovation, and cooperation Peter Gray
    7. Human-animal play: play with pets Gail Melson
    Part II. Development of Play in Humans:
    8. Infant sensorimotor play: development of socio-cultural competence and enactive cognition Doris Bergen
    9. Mother-child and father-child play in different cultural contexts Jaipaul L. Roopnarine, Elif Dede Yildirim and Kimberly L. Davidson
    10. Object use in childhood: development and possible functions Tony Pellegrini
    11. Pretend and social pretend play: complexities, continuities, and controversies of a research field Ageliki Nicolopoulu
    12. Rough play: past, present and potential Jennifer L. Hart and Michelle T. Tannock
    13. Playing games with rules in early child care and beyond Ditte Winther-Lindqvist
    14. Troublesome binaries: playful learning on screen and off Fiona Scott
    15. Playing and imagining across the life course: a sociocultural perspective Jennifer A. Vadeboncouer and Artin Gönçü
    Part III. Historical and Anthropological Context:
    16. Play at play in Western Europe, 1500 and 1800 Linda Pollock
    17. Play in foraging societies Adam Howell Boyette
    18. Play in South American indigenous children Yumi Gosso, Briseida D. Resende and Ana M. A. Carvalho
    19. Play in societies influenced by Confucian values Eunjoo Jung and Sophia Han
    Part IV. Theories of Play and Research Methodology:
    20. Classic theories of play Thomas S. Henricks
    21. Brian Sutton-Smith's views on play Anna Beresin, Fraser Brown and Michael Patte
    22. Methods of studying play James E. Johnson and Pool Ip Dong
    Part V. Play and Learning:
    23. Play and learning in everyday family contexts Marilyn Fleer
    24. Leading children in their 'leading activity': a Vygotskian approach to play Elena Bodrova, Deborah J. Leong, Carrie Germeroth and Crystal Day-Hess
    25. The adult as mediator of development in children's play Pentti Hakkarainen and Milda Bredikyte
    26. Play, learning and teaching in early childhood education Niklas Pramling, Anne Kultti and Ingrid Pramling-Samuelson
    27. Toddlers' play in early childhood education settings Maritta Hännikäinen and Hilkka Munter
    28. Adult and child learning in playworlds Beth Ferholt, Robert Lecusay and Monica Nilsson
    29. Play-literacy: knowns and unknowns in a changing world Kathleen Roskos
    30. The problems of play Susan Engel
    Part VI. Play with Special Groups:
    31. Play and children with autism: insights from research and implications for practice Despina Papoudi and Lila Kossyvaki
    32. Play and children with sensory impairments P. Margaret Brown and Anna Bortoli
    33. Play and children with physical impairments Cynthia J. Cress
    34. A typology of play in medical settings Colleen Baish-Cameron and Michael M. Patte
    35. Play therapy: theory and practice Elise Cuschieri
    36. Political violence (war and terrorism) and children's play Esther Cohen
    Part VII. Play Spaces and the Rights of Children:
    37. Play spaces: indoors and out John A. Sutterby
    38. Recess: supporting a culture of meaningful play at school Lauren McNamara
    39. Playwork: a unique way of working with children Fraser Brown, Alexandra Long and Mike Wragg
    40. The right to childhood and the ethos of play Lacey E. Peters and Beth Blue Swadener.

  • Editors

    Peter K. Smith, Goldsmiths, University of London
    Peter K. Smith is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the Unit for School and Family Studies, Department of Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has published thirty books, and over 200 refereed journal articles. He is author of Understanding School Bullying (2014), co-author of Understanding Children's Development (6th edition, 2015) and co-editor of the Handbook of Childhood Social Development (2nd edition, 2010).

    Jaipaul L. Roopnarine, Syracuse University, New York
    Jaipaul L. Roopnarine is the Pearl S. Falk Professor of Human Development at Syracuse University, New York, and Professor of Developmental Psychology at Anton de Kom University of Suriname. He has co-edited several notable volumes on culture and development and is editor of the Caribbean Journal of Psychology.

    Contributors

    Peter K. Smith, Jaipaul L. Roopnarine, Gordon M. Burghardt, Sergio M. Pellis, Viviana Trezza, E. J. Marijke Achterberg, Louk J. M. J. Vanderschuren, Lynda Sharpe, Akie Yanagi, Carol Berman, Peter Gray, Gail Melson, Doris Bergen, Elif Dede Yildirim, Kimberly L. Davidson, Tony Pellegrini, Ageliki Nicolopoulu, Jennifer L. Hart, Michelle T. Tannock, Ditte Winther-Lindqvist, Fiona Scott, Jennifer A. Vadeboncouer, Artin Gönçü, Linda Pollock, Adam Howell Boyette, Yumi Gosso, Briseida D. Resende, Ana M. A. Carvalho, Eunjoo Jung, Sophia Han, Thomas S. Henricks, Anna Beresin, Fraser Brown, Michael Patte, James E. Johnson, Pool Ip Dong, Marilyn Fleer, Elena Bodrova, Deborah J. Leong, Carrie Germeroth, Crystal Day-Hess, Pentti Hakkarainen, Milda Bredikyte, Niklas Pramling, Anne Kultti, Ingrid Pramling-Samuelson, Maritta Hännikäinen, Hilkka Munter, Beth Ferholt, Robert Lecusay, Monica Nilsson, Kathleen Roskos, Susan Engel, Despina Papoudi, Lila Kossyvaki, P. Margaret Brown, Anna Bortoli, Cynthia J. Cress, Colleen Baish-Cameron, Michael M. Patte, Elise Cuschieri, Esther Cohen, John A. Sutterby, Lauren McNamara, Alexandra Long, Mike Wragg, Lacey E. Peters, Beth Blue Swadener

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