Collective imagining in play

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Large numbers of articles, books and chapters have been devoted to play. Much of the research reported in these publications tends to focus on a naturalist view of play, where play is conceptualized as being driven from within the individual. In moving beyond a naturalistic and individual view of play, this chapter examines how children collectively imagine during play. In exploring how children move in and out of imaginary situations, and simultaneously are in and out of the play, a new conception of play is presented. It is argued that play scripts are not just the property of the individual player but should be viewed collectively and as continually moving across group settings.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChildren's Play and Development: Cultural-Historical Perspectives
EditorsIvy Schousboe, Ditte Winther-Lindqvist
Place of PublicationThe Netherlands
Pages73 - 87
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9789400765795
ISBN (Print)9789400765788
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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