When Play Was Play: Why Pick-up Games Matter

When Play Was Play: Why Pick-up Games Matter

by Ronald Bishop
     
 

A celebration of childhood pick-up games.

When Play Was Play offers a fascinating look at the disappearing world of childhood pick-up games. Drawing on his own experiences as well as a wealth of interviews and surveys, Ronald Bishop tells why these loosely structured games mattered—camaraderie, opportunities to develop social skills, and independence

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Overview

A celebration of childhood pick-up games.

When Play Was Play offers a fascinating look at the disappearing world of childhood pick-up games. Drawing on his own experiences as well as a wealth of interviews and surveys, Ronald Bishop tells why these loosely structured games mattered—camaraderie, opportunities to develop social skills, and independence from the world of adults. Bishop contrasts his and others’ childhoods with the experiences of today’s overscheduled and overcommitted youth who find much of their time taken up by organized sports and other highly supervised activities. When Play Was Play celebrates memories of a past era, when kids were free to explore their neighborhoods, had time to throw together an afternoon game of stickball, and spent much of their lives playing outside just for the sake of playing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781438426037
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
04/09/2009
Series:
Excelsior Editions
Pages:
213
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction

1. LESS TIME SPENT SCHMOOZING

2. DOES ANYBODY PLAY ANYMORE?

3. THE CONSECRATED SPOTS

4. NO PURPOSE IN MIND

5. OUT OF NECESSITY

6. SAY GOODBYE TO HOLLYWOOD

7. IT DIDN’T TAKE MUCH

8. LEAVE THOSE KIDS ALONE

9. THEY CALL IT “TENNOCKEY”

Appendix
References
Index

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