Fun and Games

Fun and Games - about the process of communicating Jokes...

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Play The Serious Business of Having Fun
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Framing Cognitive boundaries that separate play from nonplay.
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Play A framing that is 1) consciously adopted by the players 2) somehow pleasurable 3) systematically related to what is non-play by alluding to the nonplay world and by transforming the objects roles, actions and relation of ends and means characteristic of the nonplay world
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Meta-communication Communicating about the process of communicating.
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Clifford Geertz – Deep Play as meta-communication
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Deep Play A ritualized form of play in which the economic and/or symbolic stakes are so high that it is “irrational” to get involved.
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Holi: Inverting the nonplay world
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Halloween Controlling evil by play acting evil.
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Mardi Gras – Communitas
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Mardi Gras Pictures I can’t show you of people doing things that they normally would not do.
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Reflexivity and metacommunication Reflexivity : Thinking about why we think and act the way that we do. Metacommunication : Communicating
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Unformatted text preview: about the process of communicating. Jokes • They force use to be reflexive. • They directly involve meta-communication. Art • Play with form producing some aesthetically successful transformation-representation. • Transformation-representation : The process in which experience is transformed as it is represented symbolically in a different medium. Rickshaw art in Bangladesh • Rickshaw – Three-wheeled bicycle transport. • Bangladesh – Country to the East of India populated by Sunni Muslims Sunni restriction on art • Hadith (traditions of the Prophet Mohammed) prohibit artistic representations of the human form. • A strict interpretation of the hadith prohibits art altogether. Rickshaw Artists • Communicating appropriate Islamic cultural values. • Pushing the limits of what is appropriate. • Challenging conservatism. • Communicating, reflexively, about the process of communicating through art....
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This note was uploaded on 05/09/2008 for the course ANTH 0780 taught by Professor Sanabria during the Spring '07 term at Pittsburgh.

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