Is play an adaptation that teaches us skills and inducts us into communities is it power pursued in games of prowess or fate deployed in games of chance or daydreaming enacted in art. The ambiguity of play is an extremely important contribution to theoretical discussions about play not only in the united states but around the world. Every child knows what it means to play but the rest of us can merely speculate is it a kind of adaptation teaching us skills inducting us into certain communities. The ambiguity of play has 91 ratings and 5 reviews john carter said an excellent analysis of a range of ancient and modern rhetorics surrounding play . Play is an inherently and deliberately ambiguous concept brian sutton smith attempts in this book to conduct a review of studies of play he is interested in defining play but such a definition is unlikely to capture the full scope and meaning of the term
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