The Ambiguity of Play

The Ambiguity of Play

A leading proponent of play theory considers the possible meanings of play, as they have been proposed, elaborated and debated in a range of disciplines from biology, psychology, and education to metaphysics, maths and sociology.

Author: Brian Sutton-Smith


ISBN: UOM:39015040131685

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 296

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A leading proponent of play theory considers the possible meanings of play, as they have been proposed, elaborated and debated in a range of disciplines from biology, psychology, and education to metaphysics, maths and sociology.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The Ambiguity of Play

The Ambiguity of Play

apart from all the ambiguities in the discourses about the form of play that I am here calling the imaginary, play itself is inherently ambiguous and unpredictable. That is its nature. Take, for example, even the interesting suggestion ...

Author: Brian Sutton-Smith

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674044180

Category: Education

Page: 288

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Categories: Education

Shakespeare and the Ambiguity of Love s Triumph

Shakespeare and the Ambiguity of Love s Triumph

V MEASURE FOR MEASURE : THE REALITY OF APPETITE AND THE IMAGE OF GRACE Samuel Taylor Coleridge found Measure for Measure a “painful” experience and a “hateful” play." Its equivocations, ambiguities, and “opaque parts” have troubled ...

Author: Charles R. Lyons

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110811018

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 216

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Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Postcolonial Approaches to Latin American Children s Literature

Postcolonial Approaches to Latin American Children   s Literature

7 See Sutton-Smith, The Ambiguity of Play, 10: “The rhetoric of play as power is about the use of play as the representation of conflict and as a way to fortify the status of those who control the play or are its heroes.

Author: Ann González

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317299677

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

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In this volume González explores how the effects of a traumatic colonial experience are (re)presented to Latin American children today, almost two centuries after the dismantling of colonialism proper. Central to this study is the argument that the historical constraints of colonialism, neocolonialism, and postcolonialism have generated certain repeating themes and literary strategies in children’s literature throughout the Spanish-speaking Americas. From the outset of Spanish domination, fundamental tensions emerged between the colonizers and native groups that still exist to this day. Rather than a felicitous mixing of these two opposing groups, the mestizo is caught between contrasting worldviews, contending explanations of reality, and different values, beliefs, and epistemologies (that is, different ways of seeing and knowing). Postcolonial subjects experience these contending cultural beliefs and practices as a double bind, a no-win situation, in which they feel pressured by mutually exclusive expectations and imperatives. Latin American mestizos, therefore, are inevitably conflicted. Despite the vastness of the geography in question and the innumerable variations in regional histories, oral traditions, and natural settings, these contradictory demands create a pervasive dynamic that penetrates the very fabric of society, showing up intentionally or not in the stories passed from generation to generation as well as in new stories written or adapted for Spanish-speaking children. The goal of this study, therefore, is to examine a variety of children’s texts from the region to determine how national and hemispheric perceptions of reality, identity, and values are passed to the next generation. This book will appeal to scholars in the fields of Latin American literary and cultural studies, children’s literature, postcolonial studies, and comparative literature.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Culture of Ambiguity

Culture of Ambiguity

Ambiguity of Play and Flow in Adolescence Within the context of interpersonal relations and peer relationships, the paradoxical context of play as both Huizinga (1955) and Sutton-Smith (1997) note, is defined as an ambiguous event.

Author: Sandra Leanne Bosacki

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789460916243

Category: Education

Page: 108

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Research shows that the ability to "read others" or to make sense of the signs and symbols evident in human communication has an influence on children's self-conceptions and their social interactions in childhood and adolescence. Given that psychological explanations play a key role in teaching and learning, further research is required, particularly on adolescents within the school context. This book investigates which aspects of these discourse experiences foster the growth of understanding of spirit, emotion, and mind in adolescence. Accordingly, from a co-relational approach to the development of understanding mind and education, this book builds on past and current research by investigating the social and emotional antecedents and consequences of psychological understanding in early adolescence. Specifically, this book explores the question: How do adolescents use their ability to understand other minds to navigate their relationships with themselves and their peers within the culture of ambiguity? To address this question, this book critically examines research on adolescents’ ability to understand mind, emotion, and spirit, and how they use this ability to help them navigate their relationships within the school setting. This book might appeal to a variety of educators and researchers, ranging from early childhood educators/researchers to university professors specializing in socioemotional and spiritual/moral worlds of adolescents. Sandra Leanne Bosacki completed her PhD in Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, Canada. Currently an Associate Professor in the Graduate and Undergraduate Department of Education at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, she teaches graduate courses in Developmental Educational Psychology and Educational Research. Her teaching and research interests include sociocognitive, emotional, moral, and spiritual development within diverse cultural and educational contexts. She is a contributing associate editor of the International Journal of Children’s Spirituality and is the author books The Culture of Classroom Silence and the Emotional Lives of Children (2005; 2008, Peter Lang). She has published research papers in the Journal of Educational Psychology, the Journal of Early Adolescence, Social Development, and Gender Roles: A Journal of Research. She currently resides in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Categories: Education

The Ambiguity of Taste

The Ambiguity of Taste

... or in performance.39 The phrase " antithetical tidbit ” [ antithetisches Leckerbissen ] in article 55 of Lutezia admirably characterizes the work , not least because of the role Hugo assigns to ambiguous taste in the play .

Author: Jocelyne Kolb

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 047210554X

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

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An exploration into the role of food in the aesthetic revolution of Romanticism
Categories: Social Science

The Game Design Reader

The Game Design Reader

Bateson's idea that play both is and is not what it appears to be is echoed by Brian Sutton—Smith in his essay, “Play and Ambiguity,” the introductory chapter to his book The Ambiguity of Play. Sutton—Smith is an interdisciplinary ...

Author: Katie Salen Tekinbas

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262195362

Category: Computers

Page: 955

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Classic and cutting-edge writings on games, spanning nearly 50 years of game analysis and criticism, by game designers, game journalists, game fans, folklorists, sociologists, and media theorists. The Game Design Reader is a one-of-a-kind collection on game design and criticism, from classic scholarly essays to cutting-edge case studies. A companion work to Katie Salen and Eric Zimmerman's textbook Rules of Play: Game Design Fundamentals, The Game Design Reader is a classroom sourcebook, a reference for working game developers, and a great read for game fans and players. Thirty-two essays by game designers, game critics, game fans, philosophers, anthropologists, media theorists, and others consider fundamental questions: What are games and how are they designed? How do games interact with culture at large? What critical approaches can game designers take to create game stories, game spaces, game communities, and new forms of play? Salen and Zimmerman have collected seminal writings that span 50 years to offer a stunning array of perspectives. Game journalists express the rhythms of game play, sociologists tackle topics such as role-playing in vast virtual worlds, players rant and rave, and game designers describe the sweat and tears of bringing a game to market. Each text acts as a springboard for discussion, a potential class assignment, and a source of inspiration. The book is organized around fourteen topics, from The Player Experience to The Game Design Process, from Games and Narrative to Cultural Representation. Each topic, introduced with a short essay by Salen and Zimmerman, covers ideas and research fundamental to the study of games, and points to relevant texts within the Reader. Visual essays between book sections act as counterpoint to the writings. Like Rules of Play, The Game Design Reader is an intelligent and playful book. An invaluable resource for professionals and a unique introduction for those new to the field, The Game Design Reader is essential reading for anyone who takes games seriously.
Categories: Computers

The Ambiguity Advantage

The Ambiguity Advantage

Play is creating a business leader. Exploring different maps of the world An important method of developing ambiguity acuity is to fully explore how others view the world and get “inside” their ideas. One leader, Colin, used to seek out ...

Author: D. Wilkinson

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230597891

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 175

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This new work shows that a key factor for great leadership is the ability to recognize, explore and profit from ambiguous situations. Drawing upon his own research and including compelling international cases, the author reveals how to lead others through times of uncertainty so as to create opportunity, innovation and competitive advantage.
Categories: Business & Economics

Kundera and the Ambiguity of Authorship

Kundera and the Ambiguity of Authorship

This is ambiguous in itself: on the one hand, the play is written such that it can be put on stage, as suggested earlier. on the other hand, Kundera does not want it to be changed and thus visualized, since this may defeat his own ...

Author: Christine Angela Knoop

Publisher: MHRA

ISBN: 9781907322112

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 198

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The scholarly debate about authorship has not only transcended all aspects of literary studies, but has also prompted contemporary authors to counter, subvert, and challenge it. One author to whom this applies in particular is Milan Kundera. In this study, Christine Knoop re-examines Kundera's essayistic and novelistic work against the background of the theoretical paradigms of literary authority, intention, and ownership. In so doing, she demonstrates how he overcomes traditional theoretical distinctions by postulating the existence of both a strong, powerful author figure and of potentially boundless literary meaning. Kundera's radically ambiguous conception of the author in the novel, developed primarily to influence the reader, is discussed and developed to cast new light on the critical debate about authorship at large while maintaining his primary conjecture that authorship as such is perpetually hybrid, dynamic, and unfinished.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Ambiguity of Justice New Perspectives on Paul Ricoeur s Approach to Justice

The Ambiguity of Justice  New Perspectives on Paul Ricoeur s Approach to Justice

Dierckxsens argues that, while maintaining their autonomous significance, narratives play a significant part in (aspects of) the human understanding (of justice) on the level of embodied cognitive relations.


Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004424982

Category: Philosophy

Page: 277

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The Ambiguity of Justice consists of a collection of essays that address difficulties and potential contradictions in thinking justice by focussing on Ricoeur's theory of justice and on the major thinkers that were influential for it.
Categories: Philosophy