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Play Readings 28/01/2009 17:13:00 Week 1 Wednesday  Play’s History- Ideas, Beliefs and Activities There are many meanings for play and many activities that we call play Play tells us a great deal about who we are as human beings  In this reading: play- a complex variety of activities Many layers of meaning associated w/ play- conscious or uncouncious,  development, innate, indicator of culture- so  we must revisit play frequently to review it Spariosu-  activity of play has rational (we are aware of and think of ex:  organized soccer or PE class) and non rational meaning for us . It has been a part of human experience prior to the onset of rational thought But our contemporary world- play is a part of our civilized experiences- soccer  games, etc Western society believes that play is necessary for healthy development and  education.    We build play into our social institutions and engage in play for a  purpose, play is a part of our culture and rational thinking Adults still ignore some play- ex: that offends propriety , sexual themes,  violence, etc. Play is complex and evolving We must remember- play is pre-rational too.   Play in history was not always considered noteworthy- so we don’t have rich  details describing what people did when they played- so we have interpretations by  historians Mergen (1995)- play can be understood in terms of memories, relics, and  historians  Literature of play is philosophical in nature- treated as an idea and is described  as it relates to other ideas and to the emergence of human understanding After the Romantic era- we see scientific efforts to document play activities Post Darwinian enterprise of conducting observations- shapes how we  understand play The history of thought about play has altered over time- giving us an increased  number of ways we can think about play.  Our thinking of play transformed due to  evolutionary theory and introduction of science to the study of children and education
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The ancients and Play  Play has been a part of philosophical discourse since the ancient greeks Play was studied as a part of the framework for understanding human expression  and thought Agon - conflict.  Gods were understood to play with humans and provide them  with challenges, ex: war, politics or things that put them into  competition  with e/o.  those  who won= blessed by gods.  Once they “figured agon out” they made up competitive  games to determine who was blessed or not instead of war ex: javelins, shot puts, etc.
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