Hard at Play

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Hard at Play

Hard at Play

Leisure in America, 1840-1940

  • Author: Kathryn Grover
  • Publisher: Margaret Woodbury Strong Mus
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 262
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In American society, the concepts of "leisure" and "play" usually have been defined in opposition to the idea of "work." Yet as Dutch historian Johan Huizinga argued in his pathbreaking study Homo Ludens, the relationship between work and play is more complicated than this simple dichotomy suggests. Understood as a state of mind rather than as an activity, play can make the most challenging task relaxing, even joyful. At the same time, the pursuit of leisure can be serious business indeed. Hard at Play is a collection of original essays that examine the role of leisure in American culture from the antebellum period to World War II. Encompassing a variety of disciplinary approaches, the pieces cover a wide range of topics, from roller skating and riflery to photography and "free play." Some of the essays explore how the upper and middle classes established boundaries around "appropriate" forms of recreation in order to distance themselves from the working class. Others demonstrate how gender and ethnicity circumscribed leisure pursuits. Still other essays document the transition of both individuals and families from a posed and formal social life to a more relaxed, candid, and intimate domestic world. The book includes more than 100 illustrations, as well as a glossary of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century games and pastimes.

Hard at Play

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Hard at Play

Hard at Play

His/Her Preschool Day

  • Author: Indra Prem
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780648458968
  • Category:
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Hard At Play - Her Preschool Day, gives readers access to the sparkling mind of a busy preschooler. Indra Prem's rhyming message to parents everywhere is that we are so easily caught in our adult routines and misconceptions that we no longer empathise. The poem invites us to take a refreshing break from daily chores, listen actively to our children and try walking in their shoes, for a change.

Children at Play

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Children at Play

Children at Play

An American History

  • Author: Howard P. Chudacoff
  • Publisher: NYU Press
  • ISBN: 0814716644
  • Category: History
  • Page: 269
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Filled with intriguing stories and rich insights, Children at Play provides a chronological history of play in the U.S. from the viewpoint of children themselves. Focusing on youngsters between the ages of about six and twelve, it highlights the transformation of "child's play," paying attention not only to the activities of the cultural elite but to those of working-class children, of slaves, and of Native Americans. In addition, the author considers the findings, observations, and theories of numerous social scientists along with those of fellow historians. One of his most profound conclusions is that the ability of American children to play independently has diminished over time, with unfortunate consequences for children, for the adults they become, and for our society at large. By examining the play-time pursuits of youngsters whom marketers today call "tweens" - no longer toddlers but not yet teenagers - Children at Play adds fresh historical depth to current discussions about topics like childhood obesity, delinquency, learning disability, and the many ways that children spend their time when adults aren't looking.

A History of Children's Play and Play Environments

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A History of Children's Play and Play Environments

A History of Children's Play and Play Environments

Toward a Contemporary Child-Saving Movement

  • Author: Joe L. Frost
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1135251673
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 320
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Children’s play throughout history has been free, spontaneous, and intertwined with work, set in the playgrounds of the fields, streams, and barnyards. Children in cities enjoyed similar forms of play but their playgrounds were the vacant lands and parks. Today, children have become increasingly inactive, abandoning traditional outdoor play for sedentary, indoor cyber play and poor diets. The consequences of play deprivation, the elimination and diminution of recess, and the abandonment of outdoor play are fundamental issues in a growing crisis that threatens the health, development, and welfare of children. This valuable book traces the history of children’s play and play environments from their roots in ancient Greece and Rome to the present time in the high stakes testing environment. Through this exploration, scholar Dr. Joe Frost shows how this history informs where we are today and why we need to re-establish play as a priority. Ultimately, the author proposes active solutions to play deprivation. This book is a must-read for scholars, researchers, and students in the fields of early childhood education and child development.

Working at Play

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Working at Play

Working at Play

A History of Vacations in the United States

  • Author: Cindy Sondik Aron
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
  • ISBN: 9780195142341
  • Category: History
  • Page: 324
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This text chronicles the history of vacationing in America since the early 19th century. It is concerned with how, when, and why vacationing came to be part of life, charting this social and cultural institution as it grew from the custom of a small elite in to a mass phenomenon

Japan at Play

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Japan at Play

Japan at Play

  • Author: Joy Hendry,Professor of Social Anthropology Joy Hendry,Massimo Raveri
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1134609469
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 336
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This book explores the myth, so abused by the mass media, that the Japanese are a grey, anonymous mass of efficient, obedient workers. The articles shed light on a Japan outside officialdom, a lively Japan of tumultuous and independent thought, inefficient and aesthetic, pleasure-loving, aggressive and wasteful, creative and anti-authoritarian. The book's truly international contributors examine the role in modern Japanese society of a range of leisure and play activities, from drinking to travel, football to karaoke, tattoos to rock fandom. They explore how things which seem like play in one context are deadly serious in another, and how the fun and enjoyment may be achieved in unexpected ways. They also draw attention to the importance of such activities in understanding the deeper structure and meaning pervading all areas of the society in which they take place. This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of Japanese Studies, Sociology, Anthropology and Cultural Studies.

Pussycats At Play

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Pussycats At Play

Pussycats At Play

  • Author: Kev Pickering,Jennifer Jay
  • Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc
  • ISBN: 1326752839
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: N.A
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The long hot summer is in front of the ladies of the Pussycat Gang and their associates, and following the events of The Pussycat and The Prince they all are looking forward to a chance to recharge their batteries. For Jo Smith, a chance to model opens new doors... For Carina Huntingdown, a visit to her ancestral home uncovers more of the truth of who she is, and family secrets... For Heather Smith, her past comes back to haunt her... For Jeannie Brewster, a return home leads to the discovery after over twenty years of a model long lost... And for Kylie and Marina, the transformation into their new lives has begun... Having said that, there is still room for the ladies to visit and work, and for Shirley and the team at Xavier International to conduct their business – which is just as well. Because war is coming... This fourth collection of stories of The Pussycat Gang takes us over three months in the summer of 2015 – and lead to the next stage of their lives...

Raising Consumers

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Raising Consumers

Raising Consumers

Children and the American Mass Market in the Early Twentieth Century

  • Author: Lisa Jacobson
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 0231509243
  • Category: History
  • Page: 320
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In the present electronic torrent of MTV and teen flicks, Nintendo and Air Jordan advertisements, consumer culture is an unmistakably important—and controversial—dimension of modern childhood. Historians and social commentators have typically assumed that the child consumer became significant during the postwar television age. But the child consumer was already an important phenomenon in the early twentieth century. The family, traditionally the primary institution of child socialization, began to face an array of new competitors who sought to put their own imprint on children's acculturation to consumer capitalism. Advertisers, children's magazine publishers, public schools, child experts, and children's peer groups alternately collaborated with, and competed against, the family in their quest to define children's identities. At stake in these conflicts and collaborations was no less than the direction of American consumer society—would children's consumer training rein in hedonistic excesses or contribute to the spread of hollow, commercial values? Not simply a new player in the economy, the child consumer became a lightning rod for broader concerns about the sanctity of the family and the authority of the market in modern capitalist culture. Lisa Jacobson reveals how changing conceptions of masculinity and femininity shaped the ways Americans understood the virtues and vices of boy and girl consumers—and why boys in particular emerged as the heroes of the new consumer age. She also analyzes how children's own behavior, peer culture, and emotional investment in goods influenced the dynamics of the new consumer culture. Raising Consumers is a provocative examination of the social, economic, and cultural forces that produced and ultimately legitimized a distinctive children's consumer culture in the early twentieth century.

Hard and Soft

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Hard and Soft

Hard and Soft

  • Author: Siân Smith
  • Publisher: Raintree
  • ISBN: 1406283010
  • Category: Hardness
  • Page: 24
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With engaging photos and patterned text, books in this series are perfect for introducing emergent readers to the topic of opposites. In 'Hard and Soft' readers are shown fun and familiar examples of hard and soft things and quized on their ability to identify things that are hard or soft.

I’m A Young Worker At Play Exploring Careers

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I’m A Young Worker At Play Exploring Careers

I’m A Young Worker At Play Exploring Careers

  • Author: Suzie Caldwell
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • ISBN: 1493195875
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Page: 24
  • View: 429
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I’m A Young Worker at Play Exploring Careers is a story about children around the world of ethnic diversity investigating and discovering how play is working. In this story children are using their imagination, pretending, role-playing, and utilizing props to foster hands-on dramatic play in a learning environment which builds upon self-confidence. A child can utilize a simple box and miraculously it’s an airplane and the child is a pilot! Now the child is feeling empowered with their inner-strength to fulfill a dream what they want to be when they grow-up. Each child is their own strong anchor-believe in yourself!