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Play, School, and Society

Edited and Introduced by Mary Jo Deegan


Mary Jo Deegan

«Play» is central to the ideas of George Herbert Mead and fundamental to the emergence of all social behavior. It is formative in the genesis of self-consciousness and a pathway connecting intersubjectivity and emotions. The child’s play calls out the parental attitude, and this relationship becomes a model for the community and society. Mead’s ideas emerged from an interacting circle of scholars and activists in Chicago including John Dewey, Jane Addams, and Mary McDowell.