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Re: [xmca] FW: Cultural History of Play
Hi Mary and Pentti--
Mary-- I have recently used Barbara Rogoff's book on culture and
development. Barbara provides many examples of very young kids engaged in
what American adults think of as work activity like walking a good distance
to market on their own and selling stuff too. (Its not clear to me how
"alone" they are in this whole process from the descriptions but i have not
properly followed up the references. Certainly, the work of Gaskins and
Goncu emphasizes the diminished role of overt pretend play in 3-6 year olds
in many cultures relative to European/American/"modernized" cultural
configurations of early childhood.
Are there any recent ethnographies of early childhood in the varied cultures
of South Africa? I know there was considerable interest in this topic 100
years ago. What has changed since colonial "Kiddish" times?
Pennti. It is easy to agree that play is sense making, at least for me. I
have tried to figure out the different micro-hermeneutical processes
(Achille's thought provoking way of talking about what we tend to think of
as micro-genesis) involved in the most recent New Yorker cover. The variety
of paths of sense making is pretty amazing, just for this one playful
object!! Have you checked it out?
Re brain/education/development. It would be interesting to assay what
proportion of the articles in that journal are interested in
brain-->differences in educational attainment processes and which proportion
are interested in organization of setting-->brain differences<-->behavioral
differences. And in allied journals as well.
(in someone's free time!)
On Sun, Jul 4, 2010 at 8:21 AM, Pentti Hakkarainen <
> Quoting Mary van der Riet <email@example.com>:
> Hi Mary and others,
> It is interesting what kind of evidence is changing people's
> relation to early years education and play. Neuroscience and
> relation between executive functions and play woke people up.
> But I still think that Brian Sutton-Smith is right when he
> says that people look for wrong effect, from wrong place and with
> wrong methods in play research. The essence of play is that it is
> sense making activity, but it may be impossible to open what this
> means using English. It may be impossible to properly analyze
> cultural history of play without analyzing play as sense making
> In Scandinavia there are some theses trying to reveal
> the semiotics of space in day care institutions, not just yards.
> In our faculty one doctoral student tries to analyze 4000 photos
> from day care institutions trying to explain the superiority of
> the Finnish system (in vain I think). There are some attempts to
> change the principles how activities are spatially carried out
> (we have a lot of ordinary houses used as day care centers and
> they are not planned for this purpose).
> Best wishes
> Pentti Hakkarainen
> Hi Mike
>> World Cup wise yes it is a bit cold here, but then it is also winter, so
>> 5 degrees at 8/30pm in Johannesburg is not unusual. This World Cup has
>> been so full of suprises, but also great for South African nationalism
>> (a rather tricky concept).
>> About the play podcast - someone referred it to me, and yes I assume the
>> text is the same as the podcast. I have an interest in the area, from my
>> interest in children, rather than an academic specialization. There are
>> a lot of differences between children across continents (and within
>> South Africa) in terms of how much freedom and responsibility they have.
>> In one area I worked in, it was not uncommon for 3 year olds to walk 1,5
>> km home from preschool on their own. Their playground/play equipment was
>> also relatively unsophisticated.
>> I was a bit disappointed that the podcast content was fairly
>> superficial, but I suppose that is the nature of the form of media.
>> Mary van der Riet; School of Psychology; University of KwaZulu-Natal
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>> mike cole <email@example.com> 07/04/10 01:04 AM >>>
>>>> Hi Mary--
>> Thanks for the tip on that story underneath the oil spill. I had not
>> that far yet. I have read it now, though.
>> There was a lot in that article that was new to me. (I assume the pod
>> text was the same as the written text??) I have never read about the
>> history of the playground movement and found it very interesting. It was
>> also fascinating the stars in this current story were architects who had
>> kids or were fascinated by the freedom of design that playgrounds,
>> relatively speaking, allow.
>> The link of play-as-educating-young-minds to the contemporary obsession
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>> PS-- It looks cold down your way judging from the way World Cup players
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>> Indirectly related to your forwarded post Mike : Rebecca Mead on how
>>> playground design affects children?s brains:
>>> Mary van der Riet; School of Psychology; University of KwaZulu-Natal
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>>> >>> mike cole <email@example.com> 06/29/10 18:22 PM >>>
>>> Thanks Rod. I know that several XMCA folks are interested in this
>>> I think that publication of part of Elkonin's doktorat would be a
>>> contribution here.
>>> On Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 1:31 AM, Rod Parker-Rees <
>>> R.Parker-Rees@plymouth.ac.uk> wrote:
>>> > Dear all,
>>> > I thought some of you might be interested in this.
>>> > With best wishes,
>>> > Rod
>>> > -----Original Message-----
>>> > From: Issues around children's play needs [mailto:
>>> > PLAY-CHILDREN@JISCMAIL.AC.UK] On Behalf Of Alice Atkinson-Bonasio
>>> > Sent: 29 June 2010 08:34
>>> > To: PLAY-CHILDREN@JISCMAIL.AC.UK
>>> > Subject: Cultural History of Play
>>> > Dear List Members,
>>> > I am currently conducting some preliminary research for an edited
>>> > collection of works addressing the cultural history of Play. We are
>>> > particularly interested in work that addresses and unpacks the
>>> > cultural importance of particular play phenomena in the past. This
>>> > about the objects and mechanics of play in and of themselves, but
>>> > that play as it happened in the past is connected to wider
>>> > identity, power, pleasure, work and consumption practices, etc.
>>> > We are aiming to gather material and a list of contributors for a
>>> > in 2011, with a planned date for publication around the end of 2012.
>>> > If you have some material that might be appropriate or would like to
>>> > involved, please do get in touch as soon as possible. Equally, if
>>> > unsure that your area of interest fits the above description, drop
>>> a line
>>> > and I'll be happy to clarify things.
>>> > Furthermore, if anybody has any suggestions of other email groups
>>> > might be relevant to this project, please do let me know.
>>> > Many thanks in advance for your help and I look forward to your
>>> > All the best,
>>> > Alice Atkinson-Bonasio
>>> > Research Assistant
>>> > "Cultural History of Play" Project
>>> > University of the West of England
>>> > Alice.Atkinson-Bonasio@uwe.ac.uk
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