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Children Under Construction

Critical Essays on Play as Curriculum- With a Foreword by Jack Zipes

Drew Chappell

This edited collection explores the roles of material culture in socializing young people through their play. Authors explore notions of play from diverse cultural viewpoints, as well as the impact of technology on play, and the kinds of resistant and liberatory play children might partake in. Informed by the field of performance studies, the book considers play as performance, asking questions about embodiment at physical, relational, and ideological levels, and considering «performance» to be part of identity construction, as well as a component of enculturation into various societies. Of interest are the ways in which children try on various identities through their play, and how these identities may (re)define their attitudes, values, and beliefs.
As curriculum and instruction have become open to the use of games – and children’s material culture more generally – as a forum for learning, intersections have emerged between schooling and culture at large. This book broadens the scope of «learning» to investigate how these cultural artifacts are open or closed to multiple perspectives and narratives, as well as how their use is constituted both in and out of the classroom.
Contents: Jack Zipes: Foreword: Toward Creating a Children’s Public Sphere – Drew Chappell: Colonizing the Imaginary: Socializing (Specific) Identities, Bodies, Ethics, and Moralities through Pleasurable Embodiment – Amy Petersen Jensen/McKay R. Jensen: Online Girl Games, Identity, and the Creation of a Multimodal Consumer/Creator – Warren Linds/Felice Yuen/Linda Goulet/Jo-Ann Episkenew/Karen Schmidt: Exploring and Re-creating Indigenous Identity through Theatre-based Workshops – Valerie Borey/Tove I. Dahl: Playing with Meaning in a Norwegian Language Immersion Village – Noelia Enriz: Ñeovanga Poranguei: The Lucky Ones Who Play (Mbyá guaraní Children’s Learning through Social Play) – Rebecca Howard: What Are Little (Gender «Normal», Heterosexual) Kids Made Of? Performing and Subverting the Status Quo in the Dramatic Play Area – Anna Beresin: Children’s Museums and Children’s Bodies – Sean J. Bliznik: We’re All In This Together: Framing the Self-Representation of Adolescence in Disney’s High School Musical – Amy K. Way: Going on 30: Adult Discourses of Femininity in Young Women’s Sports Training – Matt Omasta: Constructing Good and Evil at the «Happiest Place on Earth» – Christina Marín: Whose Rights Are They Anyway? Examining Human Rights Education with Young People Incorporating Theatre Games and Dramatic Activities – Maria Kromidas: Cyberculture, Multiculture and the Emergent Morality of Critical Cosmopolitanism: Kids (Trans)Forming Difference Online – Shimi Friedman: Adversity in a Snowball Fight: Jewish Childhood in the Muslim Village of Sillwan – Drew Chappell: Success through Excess: Narratives and Performances in Board and Card Games.