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Reinventing Play

Autistic Children and the Normativity of Play in Postwar France

Jonathyne Briggs

” (autistics) in an open environment as part of his practice, which challenged the continued clinical tendencies of isolating these populations within asylums. Instead, he advocated a form of “free play” that allowed his patients to explore their environment

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Against the Run of Play

Masculine Fantasies and the Game of Football in the Gran Chaco

Agustin Diz

found that football was a central activity for the young men who lived in the indigenous communities that dot the border between Argentina and Bolivia. As in most Guaraní settlements in the region, young men played football every day of the week. They

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An Afternoon of Productive Play with Problematic Dolls

The Importance of Foregrounding Children's Voices in Research

Rebecca C. Hains

Bratz dolls, popular among pre-adolescent girls, have been the subject of widespread criticism. Many scholars, activists, educators, and parents have argued that the scantily clad fashion dolls contribute to the sexualization of girls that has been decried by the American Psychological Association, among others. As is often the case in studies of girls' popular culture, however, these conversations about the problems with Bratz have rarely incorporated the voices of girls in the brand's target audience. To address this gap, this article analyzes an afternoon of Bratz doll play by a small group of African-American girls, aged between 8 and 10 years. This article suggests that although critical concerns about Bratz' sexualization are warranted, the dolls' racial diversity may benefit some girls' play, enabling them to productively negotiate complex issues of racial identity, racism, and history while paying little attention to the dolls' sexualized traits.

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Crafting Future Selves

Time-Tricking and the Limits of Temporal Play in Children’s Online Film-Making

Espen Helgesen

her friends. Like her, they found the internet provided them with seemingly endless opportunities for exploration and experimentation. Using avatars, or digital on-screen extensions of herself, Amina spent time online almost every afternoon, playing

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Thither and Back Again

An Exploration of A Midsummer Night's Dream

Sue Emmy Jennings

Interactive play and child development Neuro-Dramatic Play (NDP) is the developmental paradigm that I have created for therapy, education and parenting, which includes sensory play, messy play, rhythmic play and dramatic play. 1 There is a

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Playing the edge ball

The politics of transgression in land development in southern China

Lan Wei and Minh T.N. Nguyen

the notion of “rightful resistance”—namely, the act of defying state power on its very terms ( O'Brien and Li 2006 ). In this article, we shall use the Chinese notion of cabianqiu , namely “playing the edge ball,” to underscore a different, yet

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Taking on the Light

Ontological Black Girlhood in the Twenty-first Century

Renee Nishawn Scott

investigated about how and why Black girls’ expression and play drive popular US cultural production. Because Black people are more than the sum of their pain and production, conversations about this phenomenon must extend beyond appropriation to pinpoint

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God Does Not Play Dice with the Universe, or Does He?

Anthropological Interlocutions of Sport and Religion

Thomas F. Carter

Religion has been a central object of anthropological inquiry since its earliest days. In contrast, sport has remained an ancillary object of interest at best. Nonetheless, anthropologists have written some provocative analyses that challenge other disciplinary approaches to sport. Principally, those analyses emerged out of anthropological approaches to religion. Concerned with the ways in which anthropology theorizes and analyzes both religion and sport, this article begins by assessing the modern-day myth that 'sport is a religion'. It then compares subject-specific approaches to the relationships between sport and religion. The article then moves to the anthropological focus on ritual as it developed in the study of religion and how those ideas were then applied to analyses of sport. The article concludes with an examination of how the anthropology of sport has moved beyond those initial efforts before discussing various anthropological approaches to sport and religion.

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Kamikaze Truckers in Postwar Japan

Joshua Hotaka Roth

newspaper accounts and industry reports, but some of these sources offer key elements of the social and economic circumstances of the times, and, supplemented with popular cultural representations and theoretical perspectives on play and games, they allow us

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In Search of a Lost Childhood

Holocaust, Play and Filiation in Sigalit Landau's Works

Eliad Moreh-Rosenberg

) ( Figure 1 ), I will show that the work is based on an intricate memory, involving a multigenerational tale and a desire for communication and transmission. Furthermore, I will demonstrate that the sculpture also contains elements of play, a feature which