Case For Make-Believe: Saving Play in Our Commercialized World

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In The Case for Make Believe, Harvard child psychologist Susan Linn tells the alarming story of childhood under siege in a commercialized and technology-saturated world. Although play is essential to human development and children are born with an innate capacity for make believe, Linn argues that, in modern-day America, nurturing creative play is not only countercultural—it threatens corporate profits.

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Overview


In The Case for Make Believe, Harvard child psychologist Susan Linn tells the alarming story of childhood under siege in a commercialized and technology-saturated world. Although play is essential to human development and children are born with an innate capacity for make believe, Linn argues that, in modern-day America, nurturing creative play is not only countercultural—it threatens corporate profits.

A book with immediate relevance for parents and educators alike, The Case for Make Believe helps readers understand how crucial child’s play is—and what parents and educators can do to protect it. At the heart of the book are stories of children at home, in school, and at a therapist’s office playing about real-life issues from entering kindergarten to a sibling’s death, expressing feelings they can’t express directly, and making meaning of an often confusing world.

In an era when toys come from television and media companies sell videos as brain-builders for babies, Linn lays out the inextricable links between play, creativity, and health, showing us how and why to preserve the space for make believe that children need to lead fulfilling and meaningful lives.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A wonderful look at how playing can heal children, how in “pretend-worlds” they can find their truest selves. [Linn’s] fierce advocacy for kids is on every page of this terrific book."
The Boston Globe

"[A] welcome addition to such books as D.W. Winnicott’s Playing and Reality, Bruno
Bettleheim’s The Uses of Enchantment, and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s Flow."
Library Journal

"Linn brings invaluable expertise to this well-organized and straightforward exploration of a neglected subject."
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Publishers Weekly

A ventriloquist and psychologist, Linn (Consuming Kids) claims that the act of make-believe is disappearing. In her impassioned plea for its survival, Linn reveals that play has many benefits, including helping kids develop problem-solving, critical thinking and social skills. Play also enables children to explore their inner feelings, cope with challenges and promotes emotional healing. Linn reveals how she uses puppets to encourage deeply troubled kids to explore their feelings, pointing out that imaginative play helps all children cope with such issues as separation, anger and fear. Tragically, Linn claims, play is on a downswing, replaced by TV time and highly marketed media-linked toys and electronic media that discourage real creativity. In fact, despite the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendation to prohibit screen time until the age of two, a study Linn cites reveals that 40% of infants under three months are regular screen viewers. The director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, Linn claims that the demise of play is a public health problem requiring an urgent campaign. She concludes with ways parents can incorporate creative play, while acknowledging the challenge of swimming against the powerful media tide. (May)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565849709
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Susan Linn, author of Consuming Kids: The Hostile Takeover of Childhood (The New Press), is a psychologist at Judge Baker Children’s Center and Harvard Medical School in Boston. An award-winning ventriloquist internationally recognized for her pioneering work using puppet therapy with children, she was mentored by the late Fred Rogers.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     1
The Case for Make Believe: Why Play?
Defending Pretending: The Necessity of Make Believe     9
Sold Out: Commercialism, Technology, and Creative Play     25
Baby Scam: The False Promise of Screen Time for Infants and Toddlers     43
True Romance: My Love Affair with D.W. Winnicott     61
Make Believe and Making Meaning: Playing to Cope
Michael: Grappling with Change     85
Joey, Olivia, and Emma: Limits, Boundaries, and the Freedom to Play     103
Kara: The Truth in Make Believe     119
Angelo: Playing About Secrets     141
The Realities of Make Believe: Play and Cultural Values
Wham! Pow! Oof! How Media Violence Is Killing Play     157
The Princess Trap: Make Believe and the Loss of Middle Childhood     169
Playing for Life: What We All Gain from Make Believe     193
Sasha, Your Peas Are Calling You: Nurturing Play in a Culture Bent on Squelching It     203
Resources     227
Suggested Reading     229
Notes     233
Index     251

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2010

    Excellent Book

    This is an excellent book. A must read for any parent, teacher or person who interacts with children regularly. It will change how you play with these children. Our society and the media is preprogramming our children resulting in children who no longer know how to entertain themselves who have lost their ability to be creative and use their imaginations. Creative play is such an important aspect of a child's life and development. Do your favorite children a favor and read this book to find out why. It will convince you to turn off the video games and televisions and to clean out your toy boxes. Your children will someday thank you.

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