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[Xmca-l] Re: Do adults play?

Lois Holzman writes about the importance of play across the lifespan -
particularly using theatrical/improvisatory performance play as tools for
development. Carrie Lobman has also written about her improv work with


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On 21 October 2013 14:22, Greg Thompson <greg.a.thompson@gmail.com> wrote:

> If so, what does it look like?
> I looked back at the suggestions sent to Caitlin Wubbena who had asked
> about the role of play in places like academia. It seemed like very few of
> the responses spoke to play in adulthood and fewer spoke to play in
> academia.
> So I'm wondering is the problem here that CHAT theorists are only
> interested in "play" as a thing that gets the child into a more expansive
> world (cf. Beth's concurrent thread on play among 1 year-olds)? Or is there
> a literature on "play" across the lifespan? And to my opening question:
> what would "play" look like in adolescence or adulthood?
> So, does anyone have any good leads on the role of play in adulthood?
> Seems like Bakhtin's work on Rabelais might be a start? But I don't know
> enough about his work to know if Bakhtin was using the concept of "play."
> (and other great satirists come to mind as well - Laurence Sterne's
> Tristram Shandy seems a nice early example of "play" in writing that goes
> beyond mere "comedy" and into a really complex form of "play", but there
> must be earlier examples of this type of play).
> Any ideas?
> -greg
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