Children's Imaginative Play

Children's Imaginative Play

by Shlomo Ariel
     
 

In this visit to the wonderland of children's imaginative, make-believe play, readers are be exposed to both a general, bird's-eye view of the whole of this fascinating realm, and to a closer look at its diverse regions. This volume examines the borderlines between make-believe play and akin phenomena such as dreams, drama, and rituals. Readers will become

See more details below

Overview

In this visit to the wonderland of children's imaginative, make-believe play, readers are be exposed to both a general, bird's-eye view of the whole of this fascinating realm, and to a closer look at its diverse regions. This volume examines the borderlines between make-believe play and akin phenomena such as dreams, drama, and rituals. Readers will become acquainted with the secret codes of make-believe play. These codes are activated in both covert and overt power struggles among children as well as in the child's internal theater of emotions. Readers will have the opportunity to examine these uses by looking at real-life sociodramatic play scenes. Also, the development of make-believe play and its interface with the child's general cognitive and socioemotional development is traced. This volume enables readers to consider children of various cultures at play, and investigates whether make-believe play and its characteristics are universal or culture-specific.

Make-believe play has been investigated across fields including cognitive, clinical, developmental, and social psychology, as well as linguistics, anthropology, and sociology. In this book, a comprehensive, integrative model is proposed, in which all of these approaches are synthesized into a single, coherent whole. The unifying hypothesis behind this synthesis is that make-believe play is a semiotic system, a body of signs and symbols, a language by means of which children express themselves and communicate. This language enables children to regulate and balance both their inner emotional life and their social life. Another central hypothesis is therefore that make-believe play functions as an homeostatic feedback mechanism for controlling the level of arousal around the child's central concerns, as well as the level of interpersonal conflict around issues of social proximity and power. Therapeutic and education applications of make-believe play are derived from these hypotheses and their ramifications.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275977573
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/30/2002
Series:
Child Psychology and Mental Health Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Meet the Author

SHLOMO ARIEL is Co-Director of the Integrative Psychotherapy Center in Ramat Gan, Israel. He is the author of Culturally Competent Family Therapy (Greenwood, 1999).

Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Foreword
Preface
Introduction1
1What Is Make-Believe Play?5
2The Cryptic Codes of Make-Believe Play15
3Make-Believe Play as a Diplomatic Language33
4Mini-Legal Systems Regulating Sociodramatic Play43
5Make-Believe Play as an Emotional Moderator57
6Make-Believe Play and the Developing Child71
7Make-Believe Play in a Cross-Cultural Perspective89
8Applications of Make-Believe Play in Education117
9Play Therapy127
Summary and Apologia149
Appendix153
References185
Index203

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >