Children's Imaginative Play

Children's Imaginative Play

by Shlomo Ariel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275977579

ISBN-13: 9780275977573

Pub. Date: 06/30/2002

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

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

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.

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)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Brian Sutton-Smith

Preface

Introduction

What Is Make-Believe Play?

The Cryptic Codes of Make-Believe Play

Make-Believe Play as a Diplomatic Language

Mini-Legal Systems Regulating Sociodramatic Play

Make-Believe Play as an Emotional Moderator

Make-Believe Play and the Developing Child

Make-Believe Play in a Cross-Cultural Perspective

Applications of Make-Believe Play in Education

Play Therapy

Summary

Index

References

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