When Play Was Play: Why Pick-Up Games Matter

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Overview

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.

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...engaging and thought provoking; it situates play where it ought to be: in the realm of joy and freedom.— Journal of Social History

"An interesting mix of nostalgic reminiscence about and scholarly analysis of child's play."— CHOICE
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781438426037
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 4/9/2009
  • Series: Excelsior Editions
  • Pages: 213
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald Bishop is Associate Professor in the Department of Culture and Communication at Drexel University and is the author of Taking on the Pledge of Allegiance: The News Media and Michael Newdow’s Constitutional Challenge.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

1 Less Time Spent Schmoozing 13

2 Does Anybody Play Anymore? 31

3 The Consecrated Spots 49

4 No Purpose in Mind 71

5 Out of Necessity 95

6 Say Goodbye to Hollywood 115

7 It Didn't Take Much 135

8 Leave Those Kids Alone 155

9 They Call It "Tennockey" 173

Appendix 189

References 191

Index 199

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